March Madness 2017: Who is LaVar Ball?

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The world's most boisterous sports dad keeps it real in GQ feature story.

LaVar Ball told middle son LiAngelo he won't make NBA

The world's most boisterous sports dad keeps it real in GQ feature story.

If you've been living under a rock, been in a comaor don't have cable and internet, you might not know who LaVar Ball is. Even if any of those apply to you, you still might know who he is.

But for those of you who haven't had the "privlege" yet of acquainting yourself with eccentric father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, here's a brief guide to the most talked-about dad in college basketball.

Who is LaVar Ball?

LaVar Ball is a former college basketball and football player who played at West Los Angeles College, Washington State and Cal State Los Angeles. In his one Divison I season, he averaged 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1 assist a game for the Cougars.

DeCOURCY: LaVar does the talking, Lonzo does the balling

Ball had a brief pro football career in the mid-1990s. He signed with the New York Jets before being loaned to the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football. He also was a practice squad member for the Jets and Panthers.

Who are LaVar Ball's sons?

Ball has three sons — Lonzo, 19; LiAngelo, 18; and LaMelo, 15. Lonzo Ball has been one of the best players in college basketball this season, starring for UCLA. Both LiAngelo and LaMelo are also committed to play for the Bruins, and all three are guards.

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All were — or currently are — extremely heralded recruits out of high school, and are known for their distinct shooting mechanics.

Lonzo is projected to be one of the first players selected in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Why is LaVar Ball controversial?

LaVar Ball has caused a stir because he doesn't stop bragging about how good his sons are at basketball — and how good he is as well.

What has LaVar Ball said?

LaVar Ball has said that:

His son Lonzo is better than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.

He could beat Michael Jordan one-on-onein his prime.

Has called the children of NBA legends Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan are "whack" and said that he thinks LeBron James' kids will end up being "whack."

His kids deserve a $1 billion shoe deal.

If Charles Barkley "thought like [LaVar]," Barkley would have won a championship.

And lots of lots of other things, as a quick Google search will show you.

How many times will Friday's Kentucky-UCLA broadcast show LaVar Ball?

A lot of times.

Tip-off for Kentucky-UCLA is 9:39 p.m. ET on CBS.

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