There’s no denying Lonzo Ball has electrified UCLA’s basketball team and is worthy of Pac 12 Player of the Year honors. His talent has never been in question. That is until his father, Lavar Ball, proclaimed Lonzo’s better than the reigning two-time MVP Steph Curry. Since then, his comments have spread like wild-fire garnering attention from blogs, celebrities and athletes around the league. But if you think Lavar is going to backtrack on his comments, think again.
It’s safe to say Lavar Ball is loving the attention all three of his sons are getting. It’s starting to feel like a headline doesn’t come out of California without having the Ball brothers associated to some capacity. The only problem is, everyone’s starting to get sick of Lavar and his outlandish comments. Charles Barkley spoke on Lavar and his comments saying:
“Just because you say some sh-t, doesn’t make it right. He’s gonna be better than Steph Curry? That’s what he said. Steph Curry has won a couple MVPs, he’s pretty good. Man, let me tell you something. That’s that AAU sh-t. You can’t say a guy is going to be better than Steph Curry, a guy who has played 30 college games. I know you can be proud of your son, but at some point, it becomes stupidity.”
Of course never one to hold his tongue, Lavar had a response that was equally swift and petty:
LaVar Ball responds to Charles Barkley’s criticism: “If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a Championship.” pic.twitter.com/XWc9Y5n0Xg
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 7, 2017
Ouch. As much as Lavar is attracting attention, you got to give him credit on his firm belief in Lonzo. He stacks up well against the rest of this year’s lottery picks:
Lavar continues to double down on his son’s potential when he sits down with Skip Bayless on Undisputed:
BEST SEGMENT OF THE DAY: LaVar Ball was criticized for comparing his son Lonzo to Steph Curry. This is his response. pic.twitter.com/wRXSbXMKj8
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 7, 2017
When it’s put that way, I can understand why Lavar feels the way he does about Lonzo. He was, in fact, voted Player of the Year in high school. He’s currently amongst candidates for the John Wooden award and most recently broke a 10-year record by surpassing Gary Payton as the Pac 12’s all-time leader in assists as a freshman. In Lavar’s eyes everything Lonzo’s been doing should culminate to the very first pick in this year’s NBA Draft:
It would make sense for Lonzo to continue to keep proving he’s a step above everyone else even at an NBA level. However, Lavar may want to also consider Lonzo will be playing against the likes of LeBron James, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook who all apparently have not only heard of Lonzo, but are ready to go at him. Lonzo’s slated to be a lottery pick but if Lavar continues with his proclamations, he can absolutely impede Lonzo’s success.