Mark Cuban defends LaVar Ball, compares him to Dennis Rodman
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, unlike a growing number of NBA head coaches — not to mention the Los Angeles Lakers organization, per reports — actually believes LaVar Ball is good for the NBA.
Ball, the outspoken and oft-controversial father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, once again has achieved drawing attention to himself by publicly criticizing Luke Walton, opining in a controversial ESPN article that the Lakers head coach has lost his players.
NBA coaches have roundly ripped ESPN over the article. Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy recently revealed a plan to boycott ESPN’s broadcasting crew during an upcoming game.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, president of the NBA Coaches Association also criticized ESPN’s report. The NBCA went so far as to issued a statement to condemn the Ball-Walton report.
Even one of ESPN’s own, NBA broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, ripped ESPN for its handling of LaVar Ball.
But the fact of the matter lies with Ball himself, not whether or not ESPN and other outlets allow the elder Ball to manipulate the media. In fact, the situation has reached such a point that the Lakers reportedly “have begun to worry” about LaVar Ball’s antics negatively impacting Lonzo Ball’s development.
Despite all the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth, Cuban sought to highlight how the elder Ball is an asset to the NBA, likening him to Rodman, one of the most notorious personalities in league history and who played for Cuban’s Mavs during the 1999-2000 season.
“It’s Dennis Rodman all over again,” Cuban recently told The Dallas Morning News. “… There’s an old saying in the stock game that you go loud and go long. LaVar Ball has to keep saying crazy stuff to stay relevant. He’s actually good for the NBA in a perverse way, because he gets casual fans’ attention.”