LaVar Ball: The Danger of Good Intentions

Welcome back to Christian Sports Insider! Unless you have been living under a rock for the last several months, you know who LaVar Ball is. Father to presumed lottery pick Lonzo Ball, LaVar has made numerous visits to the talk shows of channels like ESPN and Fox Sports 1. During each interview, LaVar has made his case for why his son is deserving of a top selection in this year’s NBA draft. Unfortunately, however, that is not all LaVar does during these interviews. He often chooses to take the focus off of his son’s performance on the court, opting to advertise the merchandise of the family’s Big Baller Brand. This is where I believe LaVar’s good intentions could prove detrimental for his son. There is no doubt that LaVar wants what is best for Lonzo. He believes that promoting items like his son’s custom shoe is the beginning of Lonzo’s climb to NBA stardom. However, during this process of promotion, LaVar has also shined the spotlight on himself, as evidenced by his exchange with Kristine Leahy and his declaration that anyone who cannot afford Lonzo’s nearly five hundred dollar shoes is “not a big baller”. It has become clear that Lonzo and LaVar are a package deal. When you draft Lonzo, you also get the media circus that is LaVar. So, the question becomes: Is Lonzo worth the price of admission? I believe Christians can learn a valuable lesson from the actions of LaVar Ball. Even if we have good intentions, as LaVar does in regards to Lonzo, sometimes the situation does not work out the way we want it to. We may intend to convert someone to the Christian faith. However, sometimes our passion can cause us to be pushy, ultimately turning the person away from the faith. It is important to remember that there is only so much we can do. In the end, the decision to come to faith must be genuine, not the result of peer pressure. What are your thoughts? Be sure to let me know!

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