My thoughts in Words
Framing the world through a unique lens to provoke different solutions. "The difficulty... is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish" - R. L. Stevenson
Name ring a bell? Maybe? Yes? No?
Either way, he is the father of three young men all of whom play basketball. His oldest son Lonzo plays for the Los Angles Lakers. His middle son LiAngelo used to play for UCLA. However, after a shoplifting incident while the team was in China his father (Lavar) pulled him out of school stating that his suspension was too long and he needed to be playing ball.
The youngest son LaMelo was at Chico Hills High School, but the father pulled him out of there to be home schooled, he was suppose to be going to UCLA, but that does not seem likely now.
The middle son and the youngest recently have an agent meaning they can not play college basketball. The two boys signed just received a one year contract with Prienai Vytautas in the Lithuanian Basketball League. Hope that is enough background.
Here is the thing about Lavar and his decision making process. Pulling his sons out of school and signing contracts for them to play overseas has people looking at him as if he is crazy. Assuming he is irrational or making quick decisions just to make a buzz.
I actually, believe the opposite. I would suggest that Lavar has steps already laid out before he announces his decisions. He gives the perception of being impulsive, when in fact he is very calculated and knows how to draw the media to himself and his company.
I’m not sure if I am a fan or not of Lavar. Initially I was not a fan. His approach with his sneakers (which I still think was bad) had my questioning his thinking. Yet, the more I watch him the more I realize he knows how the media works and uses it to his advantage. He can come off as arrogant, loud, loquacious or even a charlatan.
But he is working his plan, though he is making it seem as if he is shooting from the hip. Only time will tell is he is smart or foolish, but his perceived hasty actions, are not really all that hasty. They seem hasty to us, because he does things that we do not expect. Think about it.
Byron Washington, MPA is a Consultant, Youth Mentor, and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Princeton University. He currently resides in Shanghai, China with his family. - "Change Without Direction is Chaos"