Families and dynasties are traits that have mostly been found in Politics, Hollywood and in sports, Football. It did not exist in basketball, that is, until the arrival of the Ball family, one that has grown in influence as much as it has become controversial. The Ball family is the machinations of its patriarch, LaVar Ball and his wife, Tina Ball and their efforts have already resulted in star players like their son, Lonzo Ball, who plays for the LA Lakers.
Although LaVar Ball has become the face of the Ball family, we have come to know that the true glue holding it all together is his wife, Tina Ball, who herself, is also a former basketball player who played well into college level before giving up her playing career.
In this article, we explore everything you need to know about Tina Ball, her life and her family. Read on to learn more.
Tina Ball’s Biography
Today, the world of basketball and those familiar with the Ball family know her as Tina Ball, but she was born Christina Catherine Slatinsky in Miami, Florida on the 11th of December, 1967. She was born to parents Catherine and Robert Slatinsky.
Right from a young age, Tina Ball had exhibited an aversion to the traditional expectation of the female child and had taken interest in athletics and sports.
With an array of sports to choose from, Tina Ball took interest in basketball and began to play at her high school, Alta Loma High School where she displayed enough talents to earn a place in the basketball team of California State University, playing on the school’s Golden Eagles Women’s Team.
She was unable to continue her basketball career professionally but remained a part of the sport outside the court and joined Vernon Middle School as an athletic director.
Apart from her work at Vernon Middle School, Tina Ball has also helped with the development of the 3B brand, Big Baller Brand, which she and her husband established.
Tina Ball and her husband have been able to grow the brand into a national entity, buoyed by the exploits of her sons on the basketball court, LaVar Ball’s tendency to incite controversy and their reality show, Ball in the Family, which is hosted on Facebook, and records over a million viewers.
The Big Baller Brand which Tina Ball has helped cultivate includes shoe line, clothing line and other forms of merchandise.
The Ball family all started with a casual meeting at Cal State college between Tina Ball and LaVar Ball. After a remarkable first conversation where LaVar Ball declared the two of them will get married and have a litter of boys, the couple soon began a relationship that led to a marriage in 1996.
Over 25 years together as a married couple, Tina and LaVar Ball have given birth and raised three children, all three sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo who were born in 1997, 1998 and 2001 respectively.
Just as promised, all three sons of Tina Ball are basketball players, playing at different levels. Her oldest son, Lonzo Ball plays for the LA Lakers while her second son, LiAngelo plays for the UCLA Bruins as a shooting guard and the youngest Ball is a high school player, playing the point guard position.
Aside from her sons, Tina Ball is also a grandmother to a girl, Zoey Christina Ball who is the daughter of Lonzo Ball and Denise Garcia.
One of the defining traits of the Ball family is their constant appearances at their children’s games, especially that of Lonzo Ball. Therefore, when Tina Ball missed a couple of games, questions were raised of the whereabouts of the Ball matriarch, and in typical Ball fashion, the questions were answered.
Revealed by her husband, she suffered from a massive stroke in February 2017 and she was bedridden in the hospital for several months, as the stroke affected her speech. Thankfully, with the help of modern medical treatment, Tina Ball has well advanced in her recovery, including gaining her speech ability again and is expected to return to full fitness in the near future.
Other Facts About Tina Ball (Lonzo Ball’s Mother)
Tina Ball has a height of 6 feet 1 inch.
In high school, she averaged 15.8 points per game and finished her college career with a point total of 935 points, finishing eighth in the all-time list.
Her granddaughter, Zoey, was named after her.