After Nike exec George Raveling referred to the outspoken basketball dad as the “worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years” earlier this week, Ball took to his Instagram account to respond. “Let me tell you something: I know I’m on the right step because if nothing ain’t happen like this in 100 years, guess what? We in a new lane, baby,” said Ball in a video. “That Big Baller Brand about to be your competition.”
LaVar says: "So I'm the worst thing that happened in 100 years? That's because everybody been in the darkness for 100 years, but you know how this bothers me? Not at all. Big Baller's chicken. Big Baller's barbecue. Call it what you want. "But George Raveling, you the worst man to be a best man. That's what I heard. How you gonna go to a guy's wedding and then stab him in the back? And you say this the worst thing I'm doing is talking and making chicken? "Let me tell you something, I know I'm on the right step because if nothing like this ain't happen in 100 years, then guess what? We in a new lane, baby. That Big Baller Brand about to be your competition."
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball said. “I told Lonzo - ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.' It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”
A day after LeBron James told him to "keep my kids' name out of your mouth," LaVar Ball doubled down on his opinion that the children of star athletes don't themselves become star athletes. "I gave an opinion on what I felt about no superstars' kids really being superstars and the fact that they have to live up to their parents or to their fathers or whatever. I have yet to see one, and I've been around for 50 years," Ball said in an interview with SiriusXM's "Full Ride" on Wednesday. "Have you seen one where the superstar's son is just as good or better than him? I said a superstar. I ain't saying just a regular player. I'm talking about a guy who we picture as an icon -- a Dr. J, an Allen Iverson, a LeBron James. If somebody asks me a question, I'm gonna give them an answer."
Not content to just reiterate his point, Ball also went on the offensive against James on Wednesday. "I don't care what LeBron said," Ball said. "He talking about he warned me. He warned me for what? What is a warning going to do? Nothing."
Appearing Tuesday on FOX Sports Radio’s JT “The Brick” with Tomm Looney show, Ball reiterated his comments about LeBron’s sons just hours after the Cleveland Cavaliers star asked that he keep his family out of it. "I have no problem with LeBron, they asked me a question about if I thought superstar players’ kids were good. My opinion is I’ve never seen one that’s been really good. LeBron is going to make his kids one of the best players ever according to him."
The full interview is well worth your time, but LaVar goes on to say that he’s not going to change his ways, no matter who he offends. “I don’t care, they not going to stop me from doing what I’m doing. If they get a little touchy about it, who cares,” Ball said. “They’re not gonna do nothing to me and I’m not gonna do nothing to them, it’s not a big deal.”
The Bruins kicked off their NCAA run Friday night with a convincing 97-80 win over Kent State, and Lonzo, to his credit, hasn't let the surrounding noise get to him. But Ball's father seems to have already turned his attention to the NBA. "Why shouldn't they (pick Lonzo first)? ... If you've got a kid who makes everybody better, you mean to tell me you wouldn't take him over a guy that's just averaging 40 points and does all this stuff and losing? The key to the game is winning. If you want a winner, you pick my boy," LaVar told TMZ.
Fultz, whose Washington Huskies didn't make the tournament, averaged just over 23 points and nearly six rebounds and assists this season. The Huskies were just 9-22 on the season, and Fultz has already announced his intention to go pro. Despite Fultz's gaudy numbers, Ball's father, unsurprisingly, continued stumping for his son. "Look what he did to UCLA. They 15-17 last year. You bring one dude and change the culture, that's what you want," he said. "He's going to go to the Lakers. Watch. The Lakers gonna get that ball, and then they gonna get that Ball."
In the interview, Ball was asked about the pressure that comes to sons of former great players. He used the question as a soapbox to claim that LeBron James’ sons essentially don’t stand much of a chance to emerge as basketball stars. As noted by 247 Sports, here’s the full context of the elder Ball’s quote: Here’s the thing, you gotta play the odds and the percentages,” said Ball. “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.” “His son is pretty good too,” said Broussard.
“His son is alright,” Ball quickly interjected. “…the monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good. They were OK, 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.” 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.”
During the interview, Ball also said he is prepared to package Lonzo and his two other sons — LiAngelo, a high school senior who has signed with UCLA, and LaMelo, a high school sophomore who has committed to UCLA — for a marketing deal with Nike, Adidas or Under Armour. “A billion dollars, it has to be there," Ball said. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years."
The Ball boys already are riding in style — at least the two that have driver’s licenses. Lonzo and LiAngelo each drive $100,000 BMWs, said Ball, who is a self-employed personal trainer and whose wife, Tina, is a middle school physical education teacher. “To get my boys a little $100,000 car, that’s nothing,’’ he said. “I don’t have to pay for education. I’m saving over $1 million dollars."
If you thought LaVar Ball sounded outrageous when he said his son Lonzo, a freshman point guard at UCLA, is better than Steph Curry, well, you haven't heard anything yet. “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ said Ball, the 49-year-old basketball dad who is 6-6 and 270 pounds and has a mouth to match his size. The mouth was motoring during a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports while LaVar Ball stood in the kitchen of his home here, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles and heaven only knows how far from reality.
It’s worth noting that Ball played basketball for Washington State during the 1987-88 season and averaged 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds a game before transferring to Cal-State Los Angeles in search of more playing time. Jordan, meanwhile, averaged 35 points and 5.5 rebounds for the Chicago Bulls that same season and is widely regarded as the greatest player in basketball history. “Now in a game of five-on-five, (Jordan) might do some damage, but I’m going to do some damage too,’’ Ball added.
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Cody Taylor: The Magic announced that they have signed Admiral Schofield ahead of the start of training camp, which begins on Sept. 28.
Oleh Kosel: On latest Lowe Post podcast, Bobby Marks says he heard Josh Hart’s contract took so long to get signed because Pelicans were in holding pattern due to potential penalties from Lonzo Ball trade. “Did we need to use him maybe in a sign-&-trade to recoup maybe a 1st round pick?”
Sean Cunningham: Davion Mitchell says he feels like a rookie because he’s still learning all the new faces surrounding his Kings team, even though De’Aaron Fox said the Baylor product doesn’t seem like a rookie because he’s older. “Fox kind of took me under his wing.” pic.twitter.com/4YLryWCj2S
A month ago, Nets general manager Sean Marks expressed his confidence in signing James Harden and Kyrie Irving to contract extensions by the start of training camp, which is a week away. On Tuesday, he admitted he might need a little more time than he first thought. “We’ve had very positive conversations with both those guys, and whether it’s family members, people and so forth, I think it always helps to do these things in person,” Marks said. “With this being summer, we’re very cognizant of letting people have their own time away before we all get back into the swing of things here. We’re looking forward to sitting down with them over the course of the next week, two weeks, and furthering those discussions.”
While both are still currently entering the final year of their contracts, Marks doesn’t expect the lack of extensions to be a distraction. “This is something those guys know exactly how we feel, and I think they’ve been vocal about wanting to be part of this and build this together,” Marks said. “I think we’ve got an opportunity to hopefully build something special here for the foreseeable future. The fact that they want to collaborate, they want to come here together, they want to build this together.”