LaVar Ball, the often-outspoken father of UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, believes his son can top not only current NBA stars, but legends of the game as well. Lonzo’s brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo have also committed to UCLA and look forward to carry the ultra-competitive family mantra into each level of basketball they step into.
Lonzo, who is considered to be a likely lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has been compared to many NBA players, but his father isn’t quite happy with those comparisons.
“Man, you gotta compare somebody to something,” LaVar told TMZ “But you can’t compare my boy to anyone. They try. I’ll tell you this. They say he’s like Jason Kidd. But he’s taller than Jason Kidd. He jumps better than Jason Kidd. He’s longer than Jason Kidd. He’s got a better shot than Jason Kidd. How you comparing him?”
So how about a comparison to back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry?
“Heck no!” Ball said. “He’s going to be better than Steph Curry. Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he’s got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time. But he’s not as young as my boy.”
LaVar Ball’s comments come across not only as extremely biased, but borderline atrocious and uninformed. Curry only has a 2015 championship to show for, not “a couple,” but has four All-Star nods, two MVP trophies, and a few NBA records to his name. To compare a mere freshman to an All-Star in the Association is flat out basketball blasphemy — not to mention Lonzo could give Shawn Marion a run for his money, as he still shoots from his chest at 19 years old.
Lonzo is doing all the right things to impress NBA scouts, scoring 15.4 points per game on 55.1 percent from the floor, 43.2 percent from deep, and 67.1 percent from the charity stripe. His six rebounds and 7.6 assists have fueled the Bruins to a sixth place in the AP poll and third place in an ever-improving Pac-12 Conference.
His father, however, would not revert on his opinion, ever so-confident his son’s talents will one day mark his words true.
“You won’t be able to say [that Lonzo is a better NBA player than Curry] until my boy finishes his career. Then they’ll look back and think, ‘how did LaVar know all this?’”