Earlier this month the outspoken LaVar Ball took a shot at LeBron James and his sons. Ball didn’t hold back on Chris Broussard’s podcast, “In the Zone,” when he said this about NBA stars living up to their father’s legacies.
“The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good,” Ball said. “They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn’t no All-Star, he wasn’t cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn’t all that, that’s why he’s such a monster.
“You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.” (via ESPN)
These comments join the list of “hot takes” that LaVar Ball is starting to be known. He said that Lonzo is better than Steph Curry and he also stated that he (LaVar) would “kill” Michael Jordan in his prime one on 1. As Dave McMenamin of ESPN points out in his article, that quote about killing MJ 1 on 1 “would seem to punch a hole in his theory that his sons are better off because their father was not an all-time great.”
No matter how you feel about LaVar Ball and his comments, LeBron didn’t take him talking about his family well.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth…This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.” (via ESPN)
LeBron has no problem with some of the topics that LaVar has been speaking about, even giving Lonzo a compliment, but he made it very clear that he needs to keep his family out of his mouth.
“I actually like his son…I like his game….He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me…But keep my family out of this.” (via ESPN)
I’ve supported LaVar talking his sons up so much because I think there is nothing wrong with putting all the confidence in your own, but when you start attacking other’s kids, then that is too far.
LaVar has a point that it can sometimes be a lot of pressure to live up to a legacy that left by some of the NBA’s greats, but he went about saying it the wrong way. If I were LaVar, I would stick to being confident in my sons and building their brand up.
It will be interesting to see if LaVar decides to respond to his comments about LeBron’s family and to see if he responds to LeBron’s comments.
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