LaVar Ball Says He Hit Lonzo in the Head, Used Belt on LaMelo as Discipline

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins, watches the game against the USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of top 2017 NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball, said he's used a wide range of discipline on his three basketball-playing sons over the years.

On Friday, Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com passed along LaVar's comments about installing a "sense of fear" so the tactics wouldn't have to get used again. He discussed giving Lonzo a "couple of hits upside the head," using a "belt or something" on LaMelo and spanking all of them once.

"To let them know there are repercussions at times," Ball explained. "But my boys are respectful, and usually my voice is enough."

LaVar has generated more headlines ahead of the draft than any of the prospects, including Lonzo, who's a projected top-three pick after one year at UCLA. His often over-the-top proclamations about the greatness of his kin have made him a polarizing figure.

Along with his comments on discipline, he also told Goodman his way of getting Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo—the latter two are committed to follow in Lonzo's footsteps by playing for the Bruins—to respect their mother in a unique way.

"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, bitch,' that's fine with me," Ball said. "I'm not going to say nothing. If you want to call your mom a bitch, 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--t, 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."

He went on to say the approach worked: "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.'"

Looking ahead, Ball predicted to Goodman that "we get three of the Ball boys on the Lakers together, and we gonna go championship, championship, championship, championship, championship" and noted he has no plans to step back from the spotlight along the way.

The Ball family patriarch will find out whether the first step in his master plan comes to fruition June 22 when the draft takes place from the Barclays Center in New York City. The Lakers own the second overall pick, putting them squarely in range for Lonzo.