LaVar Ball will be on WEEI Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

LaVar Ball will be on WEEI Thursday at 2:30 p.m. (Richard Mackson/USA Today Sports)

There’s nothing endearing about LaVar Ball. He’s the worst caricature of a sports dad –– hellbent on manipulating and controlling his kids’ athletic careers. But the qualities that make him so repulsive also make him a great interview. That’s why his appearance on Dale & Holley with Keefe Thursday promises to be must-listen radio.

With the Celtics holding possession of the Nets’ first-round pick, there’s a legitimate chance Lonzo Ball will play in Boston next season. With that reality in mind, it’s imperative to know what LaVar Ball thinks about the Celtics organization and the city itself. There are an infinite number of questions that could be posed to him about those topics. Five possibilities are below:

“Do you want Lonzo playing for the Celtics?”

When Eli Manning entered the NFL Draft in 2004, his father Archie Manning made it clear he didn’t want his son playing for the Chargers, who wound up trading him to the Giants. It’s not difficult to imagine LaVar Ball expressing similar demands about his eldest son.

In an interview last month, LaVar Ball said Lonzo will “only play” for their hometown Lakers. He later walked back those comments, saying Lonzo will play anywhere. But it would be curious to hear LaVar Ball’s thoughts on the Celtics, considering they play on the other side of the country and are projected to be a playoff contender for years to come. If LaVar Ball wants Lonzo to play 30 minutes per night in his rookie season, Boston may not be the best landing spot for him.

“What if Lonzo Ball doesn’t play that much?”

LaVar Ball is intent on making his kids stars. He wants to ink a $1 billion shoe contract for them and is already selling “Big Baller Brand” t-shirts. But if Lonzo Ball is a role-player during his rookie season, those plans may have to be put on hold for a little bit. Daddy Ball may not react kindly to that.

“Would you try to interfere with Brad Stevens?”

LaVar Ball is an overbearing presence at Chino Hills High School, where all three of his kids have attended. His interference with the program is chronicled in a recent USA Today feature story, which details stories about how he would try to overrule head coach Stephan Gilling at almost every turn.

After one game, Ball refused to leave the locker room, because Gilling had run a different defense than the one he suggested:

“He comes to me and says, ‘What are you doing? What are you doing?’ I said, ‘What do you mean? I’m trying to win the game.’

“He turns around and walks to our locker room,” Gilling said. “I said, ‘LaVar, don’t go into the locker room.’ He continues walking. I said, ‘LaVar, why are you trying to embarrass me?’ And he just kept walking and goes into the locker room. He’s in there sitting down with the team. And I’m like, ‘LaVar, get out!’”

Gilling says Ball refused to leave the locker room, so Gilling told his team to follow him back to the hotel while Ball’s sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, stayed behind.

When the Chino Hills team made it back to their hotel, Ball still hadn’t cooled down. In fact, he was just getting started.

“An assistant coach comes up to me and tells me that he sees LaVar rallying the team up,” Gilling said. “I guess he got them out of their rooms on the 18th floor and tells the team that it was his system that won. That we’re doing what he says. ‘I run Chino Hills! I run UCLA, about to run the NBA!’

That kind of act won’t work in the NBA, especially with an organization like the Celtics. But that doesn’t mean LaVar won’t try.

“Could you beat Larry Bird one-on-one?”

LaVar Ball claims he would have “killed” Michael Jordan in an one-on-one game if they had played each other during the primes of their athletic lives. Does he feel similarly about Larry Legend?

“Is Boston a racist city?”

LaVar Ball doesn’t appear to have any qualms about speaking out of his rectum on topics he knows little about. He seems like the perfect candidate to ignorantly opine on Boston’s racial history.


Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer
Kirk shared his feelings about the afternoon show.

[0:00:51] ... I supposed to say I should go they charge patients. I should human resources and say we have an issue here guys it's not about rich. In management I'm worried about their collective mental health and wonder does something wrong with him every chance to hire somebody after. And hired rich keep so my concern really is ...
[0:04:48] ... stand on the crate in introduced jacket with a voice of the Boston Bruins. I would say no thanks I've pride man you're now. And Holley show by the way is going to be the disaster ...
[0:07:11] ... show. I ticked professional pride I would never leave my shortly with TV show I would never be my shouldn't three RTV show I care about the radio station sometimes I think I'm the only one. ...

Curtis finally shared his feelings on Dino.

[0:00:33] ... I respect the work effort and what they can't appear to have John Dennis at that point. Tried mock. My knowledge of movies. And you don't jump aboard the curtain Jerry trained below and I know ...

Hour 4. The promos for Tanguay’s show are definitely more interesting than the promos for Holley’s show. Michelle DuBois tipped off illegal immigrants.
Hour 3. Lavar Ball’s stunts are growing old. Gerry wants to bring his family to a Red Sox game but management is getting in the way. Mut and Curtis test their knowledge for the upcoming movie quiz
Hour 2. On The Real K&C podcast, Curtis buried Dino in an epic rant. Mut and Kirk don’t believe the Red Sox will win the World Series. Headlines features sound from Pastor Brad McLean and Bob Dylan.
Hour 1. Kirk and Gerry offer to interview Lavar Ball if Dale and Holley don’t want to. Kirk gets on his knees and begs for Keefe to do the interview. The guys try to figure out what Irvin is saying. Kirk and Gerry find out just how bad Mut is at movie trivia.

Good morning! Here is your Thursday Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories and scores from our news wire.

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MLB: Detroit vs. Baltimore, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Washington at Boston, 1 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)
MLB: Chicago Cubs at Houston, 8 p.m. (MLB Network)
NHL: Dallas at Boston, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NBA: Cleveland at Chicago, 8 p.m. (TNT)
NBA: Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. (TNT)


— In their first show back from the baseball offseason, the hosts of the MLB on Fox are already taking jabs at each other.

Pete Rose routinely made jokes about his co-host A-Rod during the postseason last year and it seems things are no different this year.

In their return Monday night, Pete Rose made a joke about A-Rod’s relationship with Jennifer Lopez.

“You’re about as close to J-Lo as you’re gonna get,” Rose said to the former Yankee.

Fox was apparently ready for this joke.

“I found a tabloid in New York that says differently, Pete,” Kevin Burkhardt said. “This was in the papers recently.”

They then showed a graphic of a fake magazine cover showing J-Lo and Rose reported to be dating.

All four co-hosts, including Frank Thomas, laughed and A-Rod said, “You didn’t tell me about that, Petey.”

“I didn’t know about it,” Rose replied.

I bet A-Rod is thrilled he took this job full time.

— At 43 years old, Ichiro has no plans to retire from baseball.

The Marlins outfielder is currently the oldest MLB position player and has said he plans to continue playing until he’s 50.

“When you retire from baseball, you have until the day you die to rest,” Ichiro told the Miami Herald. And when he retires, he said, “I think I’ll just die.”

The Tom Brady of baseball has spent 16 years in the majors with 3,030 career hits and counting. He hasn’t taken a vacation in 12 years.

“Nobody knows what the future holds,” Ichiro said. “But the way I feel, how I’m thinking, I feel like nothing can stop me from doing it.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “There’s a lot been written targeting our shoulder program here. I would discount that completely. He came into camp, he was throwing the ball extremely well, makes two appearances. They were two lengthy innings in which the inflammation flared up to the point of shutting him down. But in the early work in spring training, he was throwing the ball outstanding. So to suggest that his situation or his symptoms now are the result of our shoulder program, that’s false.” — John Farrell, on Tyler Thornburg’s shoulder injury, for which Thornburg blamed the Red Sox throwing program

Blog Author: 
Lucy Burdge
Dale, Holley and Rich Keefe discuss NBA lottery pick Lonzo Ball with his very outspoken father Lavar Ball. The guys touch on the Celtics, his feud with his sons' high school coach, Lonzo being better than Steph Curry and much more.