UCLA star guard Lonzo Ball has had an incredible freshman season thus far. He has led the Bruins to a 24-3 record, while averaging 15.4 points, 7.6 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game. All of which are substantial statistics for a Division 1 collegiate basketball player, but more impressive than the two-time NBA MVP of the league? I don’t think so.
Earlier in the week, Lavar Ball (father of Lonzo Ball) mentioned in an interview that he thought one day his oldest son would end up being a better basketball player than Stephen Curry. Yes, you read that right. Steph Curry, the two-time reigning NBA MVP, and perhaps the best shooter the game has ever seen. Steph single handedly changed the game of basketball with his uncanny ability to knock down long range shots from anywhere on the floor. However, Lavar thinks if you switched his 19-year old son with Curry right now, he would be more productive. Here’s what Lavar had to say in his following interview Saturday during UCLA’s dominating victory over rival USC.
I understand that as a parent it’s common to believe your son/daughter is the best at something, but for him to not only compare the two, but say Lonzo is better than the reigning MVP is absolutely ridiculous and disrespectful. Don’t get me wrong, I believe Lonzo is already a stud and one the most exciting players in the country to watch, I just think his dad went too far too soon.
In 2008 Steph Curry took a no name Davidson school to the elite 8 of the NCAA tournament, and did so in style. Taking down power houses such as; Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin before finally falling to national champion Kansas, all while dropping 32 PPG. Lonzo Ball has turned around a below average Bruin team from last year into the No. 9 team in the country. He has good size, can score with ease and is incredibly athletic. My favorite thing about him is his ability to shine in the biggest moments. Multiple times this year when UCLA needed a big bucket towards the end of the game, Lonzo stepped up and not only took the shot, but made it. Most notably in the final minute of the game against Oregon, draining a step back 30-foot 3-pointer to seal the deal. The kid isn’t incredibly flashy, but has a quiet confidence about him that translates perfectly into his game.
I’m not even going to sit here and list all of Stephen Curry’s accomplishments so far in the NBA, because as of right now the comparisons are night and day. Who’s to say what will become in the future, but we live in the present and as of now Lonzo has no business being named in the same sentence as Steph.
My advice to Lavar is to take some time away from the media, and sit back and enjoy the show that your son puts on night in and night out. This will be his only year in college as he’s easily a Top 5 draft pick. There is no need to pile on added pressure, especially during this time of the year. Although, he must be doing something right because his two other sons are already committed to UCLA as well.