While much about the Ball family leads outsiders – and insiders – to roll their eyes, one of the uniting stories is the mother of the Balls, Tina. As the Ball family circus was just beginning during Lonzo’s freshman year at UCLA, Tina suffered a stroke that has had lasting effects on her and the family’s life.
However, even within the two years since the stroke, Tina has recovered at impressive levels, detailed nearly in full on the family reality show Ball in the Family. The show chronicles her battle with aphasia, which has altered her ability to speak, as well as her struggle to regain her physical abilities, too.
Tina’s recovery has been admirable to watch from afar. From the inside, it appears to have had even stronger effects. In a recent SLAM magazine piece, LaMelo talked about his mother’s recovery and the impact it’s had on his life in the years since.
“My mom, we’ll be in the gym for 10 hours and she’ll be there. I think that’s what really got it. Everyone has fun when we play basketball—watching us play is pretty much a date for her.”
LaMelo would talk about how his mother spends the entire day in the gym with him during workouts. Tina’s recovery was detailed more extensively in a Washington Post article last year and, as mentioned, has been shown on the family’s Facebook reality show.
As the baby in the family, Ball was likely the one closest to his mother, as is often the case in families with multiple children. Regardless, the three sons were all old enough to likely be pretty affected by the stroke and the effects it had on her.