LaVar Ball’s JBA was billed as a league that could empower young basketball players. It was presented as a viable option for players who wanted to earn some money while they played instead of attending college. But apparently, the JBA wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be.
According to Thomas Duffy of Bycycle, former JBA player Brandon Phillips is still waiting to be fully compensated for his time in the league. He also said that the league is avoiding his calls and most of what he was already paid was put towards his bag fees on flights.
Duffy also points out that these players gave up their eligibility in college to play in the JBA. The entire premise was to let young basketball players get paid to play, and now that doesn’t even look like it’s happening.