If Mike Bryant isn’t considered the prototypical sports father, he probably should be. His dedication to helping his son, Kris Bryant, develop into the reigning National League MVP on the field, and a respected member of every community he belongs to off the field, are matched by few and topped by none. A lot of the same could be said about LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA standout and future NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball. The dedication and support measure up, but his seemingly unquenchable thirst to make headlines and share the spotlight with his son are in stark contrast to Mr. Bryant’s. In fact, it’s to the point now where even Mike Bryant felt the need to weigh in with some very wise and important advice for Mr. Ball.
The father, attended a series of professional basketball games across the country, holding up signs with messages for his son, scolding him for a bad academic performance. Tommy, who asked that his last name not to be used, came front and center at Friday’s Cleveland Cavaliers/Charlotte Hornets game: "Thomas get your grades back up and next time you'll be here. “My signs were dedicated to an audience of one! Just my son," the father told Inside Edition.
Carmelo Anthony scored just nine points on 12 shots in the Knicks loss to the Heat last night — well below his season averages of 22 points on 19 shots per game. Anthony, via Ian Begley of ESPN: “I see the writing on the wall. I see what it is,”