LaVar Ball is back in the news this week after Charles Barkley was quoted ripping the father of Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo for the braggadocious way that he speaks about his three sons.
“Just because you say some s—, doesn’t make it right,” Barkley said, according to the Sporting News. “He’s gonna be better than Steph Curry? That’s what he said. Steph Curry has won a couple MVPs, he’s pretty good. Man, let me tell you something. That’s that AAU s—. You can’t say a guy is going to be better than Steph Curry, a guy who has played 30 college games. I know you can be proud of your son, but at some point, it becomes stupidity.”
Ball went on The Undisputed on Tuesday and, while he wasn’t directly responding to Barkley’s comments, he did answer questions about whether his comments about Lonzo being better than Steph Curry was going too far.
“No. On the fact that I have the utmost confidence in what my son does,” Ball said on The Undisputed. “And just because I say he’s better than somebody, who cares. I believe it. I don’t care what nobody else says. You can judge on your own.”
He’s got a point.
“I know what work my boy put in for me to say that,” Ball added. ‘Just because someone else has titles, I’m not disliking Steph Curry or nothing. What he’s done for himself, that’s for him. But I know what my boy’s all about. Lonzo was the best player in high school. He was the best player in college. You think he’s going to get to the pros and be like, ‘I made it to the pros, now I can be average?'”
When asked if he thinks he’s putting too much pressure on his sons, Ball answered, “First of all, your pressure and our pressure are two different things. There’s no pressure in sports. It’s entertainment.”