Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball thinks his son Lonzo Ball of UCLA will not only be better than Stephen Curry and Jason Kidd, he'll be better than the talented, 12-year-old offspring of LeBron James, LeBron James Jr., when they're both of age
Shockingly enough, his reasoning has everything to do with—you guessed it—himself!
Basically, he believes that the children of any hyper-successful athlete aren't equipped for stardom.
"My sons are good, they’re great,” Ball told Chris Broussard on the In The Zone podcast. “But let’s say I really excelled in football and made millions of millions of dollars. Do I spend that time with them now? No, I have to worry about the offseason and I just buy you a trainer and hope that you turn out okay. Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.”
He then rattled off names.
“Here’s the thing, you gotta play the odds and the percentages,” Ball said. “There’s been a lot of great players, and all of their sons are whack. Kareem’s got sons, Jordan’s got sons, Shaq’s got sons.”
Broussard reminded him that Shaq's son Shareef is a highly touted prospect.
“His son is alright,” Ball responded. “The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good. They were okay, they was players, but the fact that the old 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.”
Then he set his sights on LeBron Jr. and his brother Bryce Maximus: "You got LeBron, it’s gonna be so hard for his kids, cause they gonna look at them like ‘you gotta be just like your dad.' And after a while that pressure starts sitting on you like ‘why do I gotta be like him, why can’t I just be me?’ And then they’re gonna be like ‘aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.”
Yes, the guy who says all three of his kids are going to the Hall of Fame thinks LeBron's sons have too much pressure on them to succeed.
And the same dude who can apparently beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one? Now he's "not all that."