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LaVar Ball says he’s the ‘best coach ever,’ takes loss in championship game

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The LaVar Ball show didn’t just enhance the spectacle that the Adidas Uprising Summer Championship game was bound to be, but integrated with it, making it a jam-packed, fan-frenzied even unlike the AAU circuit had seen in more than a decade.

The game seated roughly 4,000 people, with another 1,500 waiting outside as local police had to barricade the doors to prevent any infractions.

A matchup between the top-ranked junior point guard in LaMelo Ball and the second-ranked high school senior in Zion Williamson had the likes of Damian Lillard, Eric Gordon, and Andrew Wiggins sitting courtside to witness the two prep wonders go at one another.

Prior to coaching the Big Ballers in Wednesday night’s showdown, LaVar Ball has some self-praising words, words which he would later have to eat up after a 104-92 loss against Williamson’s SC Supreme.

“The best coach ever. That’s how I describe myself,” Ball told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello before the game. “The best coach ever. Because I said so.”

Despite the hoopla, Ball’s team held up great against a nationally ranked team, given that the Big Ballers are a team that hasn’t gone through any of the big three AAU sneaker-branded circuits and lacks the experience against teams of SC Supreme’s caliber — playing mostly in local tournaments and not venturing outside of their local Los Angeles area.

“You can’t compare me to nobody,” Ball said. “Them coaches ain’t doing the stuff that I do. I have my own team, I pick them myself. These guys were not playing on anybody else’s team, on the fact that nobody would pick them. And I don’t charge them nothing. I just bring them with me and let’s go.”