Big Baller, Ink: Over LaVar’s objections, Lonzo Ball gets tattoos in solidarity with brother LiAngelo

first_imgDETROIT – It took LiAngelo Ball covering his entire torso with ink for Lakers’ rookie Lonzo Ball to join the legions of tattooed NBA players.“I didn’t want him to be the only one in the family,” Lonzo Ball said.There is strength in numbers, after all. And given LaVar Ball’s vehement opposition to LiAngelo’s body art, Lonzo was doing his middle brother a favor.“My dad was pretty mad the first time,” said Lonzo, who went on to add: “He doesn’t like tattoos.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo, over the winter the No. 2 pick in last year’s draft got two tattoos of his own. Around one wrist: “Motivated by Jesus, dedicated to the game,” and a crucifix. On the opposite wrist: “Born to ball, because of him,” and his birthday.“I used to have wristbands but they all snapped off,” he said, “so I figured I’d put them there permanently.”This is not to say Ball is going to go the way of his heavily tattooed brother or his pal and teammate, Kyle Kuzma, whose tattoos include the Ford Motor Co. logo and his mother’s first name.“I don’t like the pain,” Ball said.When LiAngelo Ball, who is now starring with younger brother LaMelo in Lithuania, decided to repurpose his chest and stomach as a billboard, Lonzo shook his head and said, “OK, as long as you want them.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers By the time Lonzo decided to join his brother – call it Big Baller, Ink – LaVar was “already over it.”“I’m in my own house now,” Lonzo said. “Pay my own bills. So he can’t really tell me nothing.”last_img read more