LaVar Ball, in a wide-ranging interview at his home on Thursday, told ESPN his wife has returned to the house more than three months after suffering a stroke; his two younger sons will only be in college for one season apiece; he won't change even after his oldest son, Lonzo, gets drafted; and Michael Jordan would only score two points against him. Ball's wife, Tina, suffered a stroke in late February and recently returned home -- where he said he is caring for her in her recovery. Ball said she has progressed, but will not be able to attend the NBA draft on June 22. "I just deal with it. Whatever it is," Ball said. "Things are gonna happen in life. Either you are gonna help do something about it or you just gonna let it happen and destroy you. "Like I told my boys: 'I got her. Now you can do whatever you want to do. What I'm not going to is burden you with sitting there rubbing her hand. ... We're not making a movie.' ... That's my wife, and I take care of her. "She wants to talk and she can get out a few words," he continued. "I'm rebooting her now right now. She's saying, 'LaVar, you're right. You are right.' That's all I want to hear her say. Now we can get another 25 years having a good time. She is going to get better with me." Ball also went into the approach he took with his sons, fostering a relationship with their mother when they were younger. "I told them, 'If you're going to be disrespectful to your mom, I want you to be all the time.' So, excuse my language right here, but if you want to say, 'Good morning, b----,' that's fine with me," Ball said. "I'm not going to say nothing. If you want to call your mom a b----, that's fine. But don't get sick, when your stomach is hurting and you want me to care for you because you know I ain't. ... She'll clean up the throw-up, the s---, whatever. She'll take of what you want. ... So don't wait until you need something, or you need her to make you something and now you want to be nice to her. ... "So they never disrespect their mom, or talk back to her, or say nothing. Because I say, 'In the long run, you're going to need her before you need me.'" Also during the interview, Ball talked about different types of discipline he used on his sons, including giving Lonzo "a couple of hits upside the head" after he missed curfew and was pulled over by police in high school, and using a "belt or something" to discipline LaMelo.
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LaVar Ball discusses wife's condition, his life advice, future of sons
ESPN | Jun 9