Ball went on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed and was asked by co-host Shannon Sharpe if he felt he might have gone on a limb with his comments.
“No,” Ball said. “On the fact that I have the utmost confidence on what my son does. And just because I say that he’s better than somebody. Who cares? I believe it. So I don’t care what nobody else says. You can judge on your own.”
“I know what kind of work my boy put in for me to say that. Just because someone else has titles, and I’m not disliking Steph Curry or nothing. What he’s done for himself, that’s for him.”
The mere shock value lies in the fact that he chose to compare his freshman son to a proven two-time MVP winner, who also led the NCAA in scoring during his college stint — feats Ball has yet to sniff during his 31 games at UCLA. Ball hasn’t even scored 25 points in a college game…yet.
“I know what my boy is all about,” said LaVar Ball. “He was the best player in high school, he was the best player in college, you think he’s gonna make it to the pros and say ‘I made it to the pros, now I can be average.’ Nah — he’s coming for everybody.”
What Mr. Ball seems to be ignoring is that Lonzo’s case is just one of many who’ve had a college start. They all start by being the best in the neighborhood, then the best in high school or AAU circuit, then the best in college — but the NBA is a different animal — it’s the very best of the very best, and there is always a bigger dog looking to get what’s his.
Unless Ball has that dog in him to go with his raw skill, chances are much slimmer for him to reach the peak of the mountain — after all, actions speak louder than words.
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