At just 20 years of age, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball has become one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA. This is thanks in large part to his father LaVar - who has become a media sensation for his controversial and questionable comments regarding his three sons.
Among them, LaVar guaranteed that Lonzo would get the Lakers to the playoffs in his rookie season, which is a pipe dream at this point. He also said that Lonzo is better than two-time MVP and NBA Champion Stephen Curry, which is also a difficult statement to comprehend.
In case you were sick of the Balls displaying arrogance and a lot of pride, you probably won't like this next tidbit. If you want the chance to get an autograph from Lonzo at this year's All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, you better pay up the big bucks. $199, to be exact:
Lonzo Ball having his first official autograph signing next week as All-Star comes to town. pic.twitter.com/EVqGrYjm92— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 9, 2018
That's a lot of money for Ball to charge, and it's not like he needs the money that badly. According to Spotrac.com, Ball is making just over $6.28 million this year, and the salary grows steadily over the next three years. But if you ask LaVar Ball about the $199 charge, you may get convinced that Lonzo is ripping himself off.
We see athletes like LeBron James and Stephen Curry gracefully autograph items for free all the time. Heck, Dwyane Wade is even trying to find a loyal fan free tickets! You don't see any $199 charges there.
Ball - whom the Lakers drafted with the second overall pick in last year's draft - is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds per game. Of course, he has a much higher ceiling and should blossom into a superstar as he matures and grows more.
It'll be interesting to see how many loyal Ball fans willingly pay up the $199 for his autograph. We'll be sure to let you know if the price goes up or down before the All-Star weekend.