Are we destined for the Big Baller League? If LaVar Ball has his way, that may be the case.
On Wednesday, Darren Rovell of ESPN reported Ball informed him of a plan to start a professional basketball league for players who are not interested in attending college.
The league would be dubbed the Junior Basketball Association and would feature ten teams.
From the report:
The league, which is fully funded by Big Baller Brand, is called the Junior Basketball Association. Ball said he is looking for 80 players to fill 10 teams that will play in professional arenas in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Dallas.
To incentivize players to join the league rather than play for free in college, Ball said the league will pay lower-ranked prospects $3,000 a month and the highest-ranked prospects up to $10,000 month. The rules will mimic those of the NBA rather than college’s, meaning there will be four 12-minute quarters and the three-point line will be the same distance as the NBA’s.
It is a very interesting concept, and not at all surprising.
LaVar’s youngest sons — LiAngelo and LaMelo — are set to head to Lithuania after the middle child was arrested for shoplifting in China and pulled from UCLA while the youngest was pulled from high school to focus on training.
Could the league work? Absolutely. Will it work? That remains to be seen.
But if we can take anything from LaVar Ball, it’s that you can speak anything you want in your life into existence.