The reality show, starring LaVar Ball and his family, will debut on Facebook on Aug. 31.
The first trailer for “Ball in the Family”, the reality show starring LaVar Ball and his family, released yesterday. The first two episodes air this Thursday, with subsequent episodes airing every Sunday starting Sept.10.
The show aims to spotlight the lives of the Ball family. Much of the footage tracks the summer of Lonzo Ball, the oldest son, as he starts his career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
But based on the trailer, a central focus will be on rise of the Ball family. As stated under the show’s description, “The Ball family is changing the game on and off the court. Meet LaVar, Tina, and their three sons– all born to go pro. For LaVar, it’s all going to plan. But in life, there are some things you just can’t prepare for.”
You can watch the full trailer below:
The Ball family is changing the game on and off the court. Meet LaVar, Tina, and their three sons– all born to go pro. For LaVar, it’s all going to plan. But in life, there are some things you just can’t prepare for. Watch only on Facebook.
Posted by Ball In The Family on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Like most reality shows, the trailer hints at drama off the basketball court. Questions are raised about Lonzo following a poor summer league debut, and his relationship with his girlfriend appears tested by the new fame. On the other hand, LaMelo is called out by LaVar during a poor AAU tournament performance. A lot of this appears dramatized for the sake of the show. It also raises questions as to whether LaVar’s behavior during the AAU tournament was influenced by the show.
What isn’t dramatized is the health of LaVar’s wife Tina, who suffered a stroke last February. The trailer indicates part of her recovery, and how the stroke affected the family, will be highlighted on the show. As reported by ESPN the Magazine last May, Tina spent two and half months recovering.
The Ball family came into the spotlight last year with the rise of Lonzo at UCLA. With LaVar’s constant media presence and controversial takes, they’ve gained a lot of notoriety, for better or worse. Given the publicity, “Ball in the Family” will likely only maintain the family’s place in the press.