LaVar Ball, father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, became a household name in recent years for his boisterous, braggadocios personality. Ball has said so many outrageous things — he claimed he could beat Michael Jordan one on one, he said Lonzo was better than Steph Curry — that he’s been both lauded for his ability to generate a buzz and criticized for his repeated efforts to stay in the media spotlight. The 48-year-old was also heavily criticized for having his son Lonzo turn down multi-million dollar deals with athletics sponsors such as Nike and Adidas. Instead, LaVar Ball had Lonzo sign with his family’s apparel and shoe company, Big Baller Brand. When Lonzo’s signature shoe was unveiled, many balked at the price tag: $500. The move begged the question: Was LaVar really about building up his son’s career or was he just in it for the money?
Earlier this year, the Lakers drafted Lonzo with the second pick in the NBA draft, despite all the hoopla around LaVar. According to Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, he spoke with LaVar, who told Magic that his boastful personality was just a marketing strategy. After meeting face to face with LaVar in the family’s Chino Hills home, Johnson said he was impressed by how much of a caring father LaVar was. So who is the real LaVar Ball? Who knows, but a recent video shows that the Ball patriarch is also grateful for those around him. According to ESPN, Ball recently purchased a truck for a handyman who he has known for 15 years.
Here’s a video clip that was posted to Facebook by Michael Henry, a sales person from the dealership where the truck was purchased:
Ball told ESPN that wanted to help the man, who has dealt with car troubles for a while. “He’s been working a long time trying to make ends meet. That car ain’t gonna get him from place to place. Now he has a car that can get him from Point A to Point B,” said Ball to ESPN. Not only did he buy the man a truck, Ball also hired him as the property manager of a new Big Baller Brand facility.
Toward the end of the video, you can hear the man tell Ball, “Thank you, patrón.”