Who is Tina Ball?
American former college basketball player Christina Catherine ‘Tina’ Slatinsky was born in Miami, Florida USA on 11 December 1967, under the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. She’s best known for two things: for having played college basketball at California State University, Los Angeles and for being the wife of American businessman LaVar Ball.
Education and early life
Tina’s non-celebrity American parents Robert and Catherine Slatinsky raised her in Miami as their only child, however, not a lot is known about them, because Tina respects their privacy.
She fell in love with basketball at a very early age, and began thinking about going professional while attending Alta Loma High School. Tina was the best basketball player at the school, having been a varsity four-year letter winner, and averaged 16 points and 18 rebounds per game during her time at Alta Loma.
Upon matriculating in 1986, she enrolled at California State University on a basketball scholarship, and began playing for their California State Los Angeles Golden Eagles Women.
Tina showed great basketball skills during her time at University, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1990; she finished her college career with 935 points, 1165 field goal attempts, and 60 blocks.
As she then married and went on to have children, Tina didn’t pursue her dream of playing in Women’s National Basketball Associations (WNBA).
She’s today working at Vernon Middle School as their athletic director.
3 years ago, LaMelo Ball’s mom, Tina, suffered a stroke, ending her 24-year tenure at Vernon Middle School. Before the Hornets drafted him, @MELOD1P honored her legacy on campus.
— CloseUp360 (@CloseUp360) December 11, 2020
Tina produced and starred in her family’s 2017 reality show “Ball in the Family”, which follows her, her husband and their sons’ lives.
Love life and husband
Tina met LaVar while she was still attending California State University, after he’d been transferred there from Washington State University; it was love at first sight for LaVar, who approached Tina and told her that they would be together eventually.
Tina and LaVar married in 1997, and she gave birth to their first son Lonzo Anderson Ball on 27 October of the same year; he’s today playing basketball for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA.
Tina gave birth to their second son LiAngelo Robert Ball on 24 November 1998, and he’s today playing for the Greensboro Swarm, competing with them in the NBA G League.
Their third son LaMelo LaFrance Ball followed on 22 August 2001, and he’s today playing with the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA.
Tina hasn’t mentioned other men whom she’s perhaps been with; she’s marred to LaVar Ball as of September 2022, and has three sons with him.
In this exclusive interview, Lavar and Tina have a ball answering fan questions as well as revealing never before seen bonus material from season four of Ball in the Family.
Posted by Ball In The Family on Thursday, March 14, 2019
Hobbies and interesting facts
Tina’s still deeply passionate about basketball, and often goes with her husband to watch live NBA games; she cheers for the Los Angeles Lakers.
She’s followed by over 1,100 people on Instagram, but has posted only 11 pictures onto her account.
Tina likes to travel, and besides having visited nearly all of the US states, she’s also been to many European countries, including France, Germany and England; her favorite city to travel to is Budapest, Hungary.
She’s a lover of animals, while dogs and dolphins are her favorites.
Tina’s favorite actors are Al Pacino and Martin Sheen, and some of her favorite movies include “Apocalypse Now”, “Scent of a Woman” and “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse”.
Tina suffered a stroke in February 2017, which led her to develop aphasia, also known as speech impairment; it took some time for her to recover, but she was eventually back on her feet, and can again speak normally.
Height, eyes and net worth
Tina’s age is 54. Her hair and eyes are brown, her height’s 6ft 1ins (1.85m) and her weight is about 165lbs (76kgs).
Tina’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1.5 million as of September 2022, and her husband LaVar’s at more than $4 million.
Who is her husband LaVar Ball?
American businessman and former college basketball and football player LaVar Christopher Ball was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 23 October 1967, under the zodiac sign of Scorpio. He’s the founder and CEO of the company Bill Baller Brand, while he was also the founder of the now-defunct Junior Basketball Association.
Anderson Ball and his wife Maria raised their son LaVar in Los Angeles, alongside his four brothers and two sisters. He studied at Canoga Park High School, and played both football and basketball for the school teams; he broke the school record for rebounds during one of his years there, having recorded 316.
Upon matriculating in 1986, LaVar began attending West Los Angeles College, eventually transferred to the Washington State University, then transferred once again only half a year later, to California State Los Angeles, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1990.
LaVar worked a couple of jobs for the following four years, then in 1994 signed a contract with the New York Jets competing in the National Football League (NFL); he was traded to the London Monarch competing in the World League of American Football in the following year, however, LaVar’s 1995 season was plagued by injuries, he retired in November.
Since his retirement from football and basketball, LaVar’s been working as a personal trainer, and is today also a successful businessman.
LaVar entered a feud with now-former US President Donald Trump in November 2017, after LaVar’s son LiAngelo and his two basketball teammates were arrested in Shanghai, China when they tried to steal Louis Vuitton sunglasses. LiAngelo could’ve been sent to jail for between three and 10 years, but LaVar helped calm down the situation; Donald Trump was visiting Asia at that time, and he went on to claim that he had contacted Chinese President Xi Jinping, and requested that the boys be released. Donald then went on to tweet about not having even received a ‘thank you’ for helping the boys avoid jail time, while LaVar claimed that Donald had nothing to do with their release – ESPN revealed on 3 March 2018 that indeed Trump had nothing to do with the boys’ release.