There was speculation while Lonzo Ball was at UCLA his mom, Tina Ball, had suffered a stroke. Much of the speculation stemmed from an Armchair All Americans report citing an interview with an anonymous family member. The family member told the following to Armchair All Americans.
Also, Tina Ball, his wife had a stroke on Feb 21. She had life threatening skull surgery to relieve brain pressure – guess where Lavar was during the operation that could have killed his wife? – at the CHHS vs. LB Poly game with his sons, including Lonzo. He still has not allowed his kids to see their sick mother due to the media attention it would bring to him, and cause BBB sales to diminish…Tina is there [hospital] now and he only visits for 1 hour a few days a week, while her Mother has yet to leave her side. Pathetic!!!
The family opted not to discuss the topic while Lonzo was at UCLA, but has since confirmed Tina is recovering from a stroke. However, the Balls refuted reports they are not caring for Tina. LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s father, opened up for the first time publicly to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“I didn’t want to make it into a movie where they’re like, ‘Lonzo’s playing for his mom,” LaVar told ESPN. “Everybody was like, ‘What is LaVar doing? Don’t worry about what I’m doing. I take care of mine…She’s the one. Just so smooth. She’s not like other girls. She’s tough, smart, pretty. I told my wife, ‘I been with you so long, you can have one eye drooped and your mouth over here like this and you’re still beautiful to me. I look at you the same way. That ain’t gonna never change.”
In the same interview, Lonzo noted it has been a difficult time for the family, and his mother has had trouble speaking.
“Words really can’t describe how much she does for us,” Lonzo told ESPN. “She’s a lot like my dad: energetic … except she’s not crazy on the cameras…She can’t really talk right now, But she definitely knows what we’re saying, and she smiles all the time. So that’s a good thing.”
After the initial interview, LaVar followed up with an update in an interview with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. It sounds like Tina has regained part of her ability to speak.
Like I told my boys: ‘I got her. Now you can do whatever you want to do. What I’m not going to is burden you with sitting there rubbing her hand. … We’re not making a movie.’ … That’s my wife, and I take care of her.
She wants to talk, and she can get out a few words. I’m rebooting her right now. She’s saying, ‘LaVar, you’re right. You are right.’ That’s all I want to hear her say. Now we can get another 25 years having a good time. She is going to get better with me.
Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for Tina.