AVClub: The fact that Ballers is essentially an ensemble hasn’t worked to the show’s advantage so far. Part of that is because the show doesn’t have a deep enough roster to warrant so many separate storylines. The larger issue though is that with all of these characters floating around, Ballers has no time to focus on an overarching narrative, or at least a central idea that drives the plot each and every week. Through its first few episodes, this was a show about Spencer needing to secure clients to sustain his future after football. On a broader scale, it was about how all of these guys, from ex-players like Charles to current stars like Vernon and Ricky, have to think about who they are on and off the field.