Should Lonzo Ball’s Dad Stop Bragging About Him Through The Media?
When the 2017 NBA Draft takes place in June, Lonzo Ball is going to be one of the first few players taken. He looks like he’s going to be a star one day and could even end up being the first overall pick if he plays well for UCLA during the NCAA Tournament this month.
There is one thing that is going to scare some NBA teams away, though, and force them to think twice about selecting Ball in the draft lottery: Ball’s dad LaVar.
LaVar Ball is, by all accounts, a very proud father who is very confident—some might say too confident—in his son’s abilities. Over the course of the last month, LaVar has made a series of brash statements about Lonzo, first suggesting that he’s already a better player than Steph Curry and then saying that he would only play for the Los Angeles Lakers at the next level. LaVar has also said that Lonzo is going to be the first player to enter the NBA with his own personal brand, and despite whatever criticism he has received, he has refused to stop talking up his son’s talents.
That sparked a response from Charles Barkley earlier this week. While doing an interview, the former NBA star ripped LaVar for some of the things he’s said about Lonzo. “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 sh*t,” Barkley said. “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.”
Barkley isn’t the only person who has lit into LaVar after hearing what he’s said. But he did get the attention of LaVar, who decided to fire back at him. LaVar essentially told Barkley to shut up and took a jab at him for never having won an NBA title. “If Charles thought like me,” he said, “maybe he’d win a championship.”
It’s hard to be too upset at LaVar for sticking up for his son. He’s just saying and doing whatever he can to make the spotlight that’s shining on Lonzo even brighter. But do Barkley and others have a point when they refer to the things he’s saying as “stupidity”?
LaVar is certainly going to make life a lot more difficult than it has to be for Lonzo by talking about him in the media so often. When he gets in the NBA next season, there is going to be a long line of guys waiting to go after Lonzo on the court. But at the same time, LaVar has single-handedly turned his son into one of biggest storylines of the college basketball season and made everyone sit up and pay attention. So in the end, he might actually be doing him a favor by speaking up on his behalf so often.
Do you have a problem with the things LaVar Ball has said about his son Lonzo, or do you wish he would back off and let his son’s game do the talking?