Lakers news: LaVar Ball predicts Lakers will beat Warriors in conference finals then win the title
Outlandish remarks from LaVar Ball are no longer new. However, he might have just made his craziest comment yet since claiming he can beat Michael Jordan one-on-one with an arm tied behind his back.
Speaking on the Flagrant Two podcast, LaVar made a bold prediction for his son, Lonzo Ball, and the Los Angeles Lakers, saying that the Purple and Gold will beat the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals before proceeding to win the NBA title.
“I’ve got a vision for this year,” Ball said, as transcribed by CBS Sports’ Colin Ward-Henninger. “[The Lakers] are gonna win them 50 games, and they gonna get in them playoffs, and the story that’s gonna be for L.A. is Steve Kerr versus Luke Walton. That’s gonna be a hell of an L.A. story, because he don’t want that matchup. Luke know them tendencies, for that type of team. He knows ’em. And then there’s another big story that y’all gonna have: The bigmouth father LaVar said his son was better than Steph Curry — now let’s see!”
“If they get them suckers in the Western Conference finals, the Lakers are gonna get them. And when they get to the Finals, my son ain’t gonna lose.”
After LaVar previously claimed the Lakers would have 50-plus wins and make the playoffs this year, it’s no longer surprising he notched it up higher and asked for the moon.
Not to mention that it isn’t the first time he made an eyebrow-raising comment about the Warriors, as he even cited previously that his son Lonzo is better than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
As for his latest prediction, however, the young Lakers, who finished with 26 wins last season, might have more than just the Warriors to worry about.
There’s no doubt the Lakers retooled well this offseason, but they will still need to contend for a postseason spot in a stacked West that features the likes of the San Antonio Spurs and L.A. Clippers, as well as much-improved teams such as the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Minnesota Timberwolves.