Kenan Thompson Nails LaVar Ball Impression on ‘SNL’

A year ago, Lonzo Ball was a Chino Hills High School graduate who had the chance to be a special collegiate baller. Now, he’s the future of the Lakers. Most involved dads benefit from a storyline like that, but none have in the way LaVar Ball has. Case in point: The guy’s famous enough to be spoofed by Kenan Thompson on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update.”

The Big Baller Brand’s demeanor and hyperbole-driven monologue are parodied by the actor and comedian during a hilarious interview segment, which you can watch above. While fielding questions about the predictions people have for Lonzo and the high price of Big Baller Brand’s signature Zo2 sneaker, Thompson continuously delivered ridiculous soundbites, at one point predicting that Lonzo would win a Grammy, an ESPY and a Purple Heart in the same breath. The funniest part may actually be that though most of these claims sound too ridiculous to have ever been seriously uttered, a handful of them were—including Ball’s claim that he could beat Michael Jordan (the part about him doing it one-armed wasn’t part of it, though). Someone will eventually come along and do Ball’s voice better than Thompson, but he’s got the persona down pat; the emphatic “never lost” is spot-on.

Despite the flack his dad catches for relentlessly promoting him, Lonzo Ball does appear to be the real deal. But don’t think public acknowledgment of that will slow LaVar down in the slightest. With the future of one of the most storied franchises in sports resting squarely on his son’s shoulders, the best is likely yet to come. Plus, like Thompson said, Ball’s got two more sons to usher into the NBA, and with one already supplanting Lonzo at UCLA, there’s no time to waste.

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