To LaVar Ball, every day is Father's Day. The Los Angeles identity is one of the most famous fathers in the world and one of the most colourful, often controversial, figures in world sport.
Over the next six months or so he will be calling Wollongong his part-time home while watching and supporting his youngest son LaMelo Ball who will suit up for the Illawarra Hawks in the National Basketball League.
He is the patriarch of the Ball empire. He runs the family's Big Baller Brand sporting apparel company and his every move is documented by Ball In the Family, the family's Facebook reality television show which attracts a million viewers an episode. Family is his life. Family is his business.
Eldest son Lonzo is an NBA star who was traded from the LA Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans. Middle son LiAngelo (or Gelo) is with Lonzo in New Orleans hoping to score a shot with the Pelicans.
LaMelo made international headlines announcing he was coming to the Hawks with the NBL Next Star program ahead of next year's NBA draft where he is touted as a strong prospect. In the second part of our interview with LaVar, recorded on the balcony of the Novotel for the Ball in the Family show, he talks more about his hopes and dreams for his famous sons.
"My boys are born to ball," LaVar says stepping his volume up a notch.
"Their last name is Ball. What else are they going to do?
"I tell all my boys the same thing: Stay focused. I never told them when you turn 18 or 20 years old you're gonna have all the money in the world, I always told them this: Somebody's gotta be better than Michael Jordan, why not you?
"That's what they are striving for, to be the best players in the world. When all three of (the Ball Brothers) are on the same team in the NBA ..... Game Over."
You seriously think that's a chance, LaVar?
"I don't think it will happen, I know it will happen," LaVar says with his trademark confidence.
I never told them when you turn 18 or 20 years old you're gonna have all the money in the world, I always told them this: Somebody's gotta be better than Michael Jordan, why not you?LaVar Ball
At that point LaVar, who looks at his interviewer with piercing and almost challenging eyes, notices some skepticism creep across the interviewer's face.
"Oh, you don't think so though?" he says. "Well, I know so."
His youngest son LaMelo is certainly bound for the NBA and his season with the Hawks is likely to determine the exact path. By signing LaMelo, the Hawks have landed the Ball family, the television show and the American interest in the NBL will be unprecedented.
It is little surprise American television network ESPN has signed on to partner the NBL and American basketball culture magazine SLAM has signed on as a major sponsor of the Hawks. So what can Hawks fans expect and does LaVar think his son will handle the pressure?
"Welcome to the Ball era," he says. "Everybody comes when the Ball is in town. He's a crowdpleaser. He's been that all his life.
"They've had other (professional players) and stuff come out here but ESPN here now, they're following Melo cause he's a Ball. You gotta come out here. Scouts gotta come see him. My boys don't care whether they're playing in front of two people or in front of two million people, it's the same, they're gonna give you a show.
"People be like, 'I wonder how Melo's gonna play out here?' When he gets out there he don't worry about nothing. Ain't no pressure in playing basketball. That's what I bred them like that. It's just a game of basketball, it's just entertainment."
Already the Hawks have publicly admitted their appreciation of the new recruit's team ethos.
"Melo is all about winning and you can't win without the team. He has great team chemistry," LaVar contends.
"For the coach (Hawks' coach Matt Flinn) to say some stuff like 'we've got a young boy here and it's a match made in heaven'. You don't just say that stuff to anybody unless you feel a certain way about them. What makes a player really perform, the coach has to really believe in them in a certain way that's a little different way than normal. I'll give you a scenario.
"Paul West was the head of the Lakers but he didn't believe in Magic (Johnson) like that. They went and got a guy who was up in the booth filming: 'Pat Riley come down here'. he said 'I believe in Magic' and look at what Magic turned out to be. Look at Phil Jackson, he believed in Jordan like that."
LaVar's message to the Illawarra and Australian basketball fans is simple.
"My message is whenever you can get out and see him, because he's not here for long."
'This ain't basketball, it's entertainment'
While LaVar Ball will fly in and out of the Illawarra, a former NBA player and international basketball journeyman by the name of Jermaine Jackson's will be his son's constant companion and mentor while he is here.
Jackson spent time playing with Detriot Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks as well as travelling the globe playing professionally.
In 2018, Jackson took on the head coaching role at a school called SPIRE in Ohio where one of his star players was LaMelo and the pair formed a strong bond which saw him commit to travelling to Australia with Melo.
"That relationship is one of the best relationships ever on the fact Melo won't listen to nobody but me. To watch him go to SPIRE and listen to this guy off bat that he had certain connection," LaVar said.
"I'm the luckiest guy in the world to find guy like me to help him grow and who has always got his back Even when Jermaine first met him he said Melo has the opportunity to be the number one pick (in the NBA Draft) and this guy just says this just meeting Melo.
"So the confidence he had in my son is the confidence I have in him.
"Melo really respects Jermaine on the fact he's a journeyman, he's been there done that, he was in the league, worked hard, came from nothing.
"He was like 'woah, this is what hard work can do for you'. Jermaine allows me to come and go because he's got my son's best interests. There's a lot of people who just want to link on LaMelo to get money. They're best interests is not really for him."
Being a family man, LaVar understands the sacrifice Jermaine has made.
"He got a family," LaVar points out. "How do you leave your family like that? He true to the game and he's in love with the game. And he knows how special Melo is."
One of the things it does free LaVar to do is work on his troubled Big Baller Brand, which he maintains is active despite questions over the future of the company.
"We're bringing the Big Baller Brand (to Wollongong)," he said.
"We're gonna have some pop up shops so you can get some Big Baller merch. Like I tell my kids, no superstar has ever owned his own brand and we're gonna be the first."
The reality show will also be a semi-constant in the Illawarra during the Hawks' season.
"Whatever happens goes on the show, that's why so good is genuine - we're not staging nothing," LaVar said.
"Even on the show you saw ... we didn't write into the show my wife was supposed to get sick."
LaVar's wife and LaMelo's mother Tina had a stroke in 2017 leaving her unable to walk or talk and the show documented her journey.
LaVar does hope Tina, a former collage baller herself with Cal State, may be able to make a trip out at some stage.
As the interview concludes, LaVar sends a personal video message to Hawks fans and does so in one faultless take with some shameless plugs for the Big Baller Brand.
After all, as LaVar says .. "This ain't basketball, this is entertainment".