The name Tina Ball is often tagged with the name LaVar Ball – the American business guru who is also reputable as a media personality. Over the years, she became notable as a very supportive partner and mother, making appearances at most basketball games owing to the fact that all her sons – Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LeMelo – are active players in the NBA. On her own part, Tina was also a very talented basketball player from her high school years up to her college days. She is known to have recorded very impressive stats during these periods.
Tina Ball Picked Interest In Basketball in Her Early Years
Tina Ball’s birth name is Christina Catherine Slatinsky and she was born on the 11th December 1967 in Miami, Florida to Robert and Catherine Slatinsky. She is a very private person and has concealed most of the details regarding her childhood days but her love for basketball was said to have started at a very young age.
For her education, she was a student at Alta Loma High School, California where she was a four-year varsity basketball letter winner as well as an All-Baseline League pick as a senior. In Alta Loma, she averaged 15.8 points and 18.2 rebounds and was one of the top basketball prospects in high school.
Her Success In College Basketball
After high school, Tina furthered her education at California State University, Los Angeles where she continued to actively play the game of basketball. She joined the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles Women’s basketball team. Records have it that she was one of the proficient players in the game finishing her career ranking 8th after recording 935 in points, 8th in field goals made with 541 points and 5th in field goal attempts having recorded 1165 points.
Tina also emerged 4th in rebounds with 6277 points, 8th in free throws made recording 120 points, 7th in free throws attempted for which she recorded 208 points and 5th in blocks for recording 60 points.
However, the aspiring athlete’s career was shortlived when she started a family with LaVar Ball. However, despite the fact that family has kept Tina Ball from further pursuing her sports career professionally, her sons have taken over her legacy and built a solid career in basketball. Moreover, she has been their backbone and has supported their dreams from the very first moment they kicked off their career. Tina currently renders her services as an athletic director for Vernon Middle School in Montclair, California.
Lady Baller Has Faced Severe Health Challenges
When Tina Ball who was often present at all of her sons’ games was not seen in one of their games, her absence caused a lot of uproar with many wanting to know what exactly went wrong. While the reasons behind her absence were still unsolved, there were speculations that the former basketball player had serious health issues. As the speculations went, it was later discovered that sometime in February 2017, Tina Ball suffered from a major stroke and she was dealing with aphasia. It was quite drastic as she was partially paralyzed on her left side, thus, unable to talk and do a lot of things properly.
Her husband has been really blunt while discussing her condition. He reveals that even though he loves her, he follows a tough coaching regimen for Tina, the way he does with their boys. It is also known that she had to go live with her parents for a couple of months when LaVar and their two youngest sons were in Lithuania.
Fortunately, after her medications and therapies, Tina Ball has gotten back on her feet and she is now able to use the left part of her body. She also continues to make progress with her speech. Her family has described her as a fighter who is very strong and continues to hope that she makes full recovery soon.
A Look At Tina Ball’s Family Dynamic
Tina Ball and LaVar Ball’s relationship is ‘love made in basketball heaven’ as the game brought them together. It was while she was playing at one of her games in college that she first caught the attention of LaVar Ball, who eventually became her husband.
According to LaVar Ball, he just transferred from Washington and was knocked off his feet when he saw her. Despite their very opposing personalities with Tina being the quiet and private one and LaVar being very outgoing, they did begin a relationship. As the story goes, the duo dated for a while before tying the knot in 1997. Together, the couple has three sons; Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LeMelo.
On his own part, her husband LaVar Ball has succeeded as a businessman and a very controversial media personality. He is the CEO of the sports clothing company, Big Baller Brand and founder of the Junior Basketball Association (JBA). Meanwhile, the businessman played basketball and American football as a student – before venturing into business in his later years. He also played professional football as a tight end for London Monarchs and was on the practice squad for New York Jets and Carolina Panthers. However, he never played any regular season.
With respect to their children, all three boys are very successful basketball players.
Her first son, Lonzo, who was born in 1997 started playing basketball at age 2. He grew up playing in teams coached by his father alongside his brothers. He eventually got his big break when he emerged the second-overall pick in the 2017 draft. He currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans.
LiAngelo who was born in 1998 has also achieved national success as he is currently with the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League. He plays shooting guard and small forward positions. However, LaMelo, the last of the three brothers, was born in 2001 but appears to be the tallest of his brothers at 6 feet 7 inches. He is considered one of the top prospects in the 2020 draft but last played for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League. He plays in the point guard position.
The Ball Family’s Interest In Sports Launched Tina Ball Into The Limelight
The family has kept all its businesses under their name with the launch of their sports apparel company – Big Baller Brand in 2016. However, the family considered folding up the company altogether after the betrayal and firing of Alan Foster, a shareholder, who was said to have stolen over $1.5 million from Lonzo who eventually left the family business. A lawsuit was also filed against Alan for the damages he caused the Ball Family.
Still bent on their dream of building a ‘Ball Family’, sometime in the month of August 2017, the Ball family were further pulled to fame after they appeared on the Facebook show, Ball In The Family. The show was viewed by over 26 million people around the globe and was centered basically on every detail there is to know about the family.
Even though LaVar Ball’s comments in the media and decisions have raised significant controversies around him and the family, there is no doubt that this is one family whose origin is firmly rooted in its love for sports.