Aside from his outstanding play this year for the UCLA Bruins, Lonzo Ball is also making headlines for several controversial statements made by his father, LaVar Ball. For example after claiming that his son is a better player than Warriors superstar Stephen Curry, LaVar also stated that his son would not play for any other team aside from the Los Angeles Lakers.
And now Ball’s father is back at it again, attacking Charles Barkley after the TNT analyst and Hall of Famer called his comments about his son being better than Curry stupid.
From Sean Deveney of the Sporting News here’s what Barkley said about Ball:
“Just because you say some s—, doesn’t make it right,” Barkley said. “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 s—. 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.”
Ball responded to Barkley’s comments on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” and was equally as critical.
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
“Here’s the thing, I don’t pull anything back,” Ball said (transcribed by SB Nation’s Whitey Medworth). “Whatever I say, I say. It’s just like with Charles Barkley is saying with all these guys. If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a championship. Oh yeah, it hurt because he’s saying sometimes when stuff comes out of people’s mouth is just stupid. Guess what? You talking too. So, everybody has an opinion how things were. I don’t care about that I put the goals up high. I know what my boy is about. I know the work he’s put in. It’s not a one-on-one sport, but if it is one-on-one, I’m going to take the taller, faster, stronger guy.”
His son hasn’t even played a single game in the NBA and already, LaVar has talked up Lonzo’s talents to astronomical levels. Fortunately for both of them, Lonzo appears to have the game to back it up. This season Ball is averaging a very impressive 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds, 7.8 assists, two steals, and 2.3 three-pointers in 31 outings for the Bruins. Ball is regarded by many as a potential top pick in the upcoming 2017 NBA draft.