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Charles Barkley Rips Into Lavar Ball: ‘Just Because You Say Some Sh*t, Doesn’t Make it Right’
Lonzo Ball could very well be drafted #1 overall in the NBA draft later this year, but it’s his dad, Lavar Ball, who has been grabbing headlines recently.
Being excited for his son is one thing, but claiming to be better than two-time league MVP Stephen Curry and suggesting that the Ball Brand is on the same level as the Jordan brand is a totally different story.
Charles Barkley has had enough and sounded off against Lavar Ball.
“Just because you say some s—, doesn’t make it right,” Barkley told Sean Deveney of 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.”
Since making those outrageous claims of his son being better than Curry, LaVar’s began doubling down and making even more outrageous claims.
“That don’t have to be for everyone else. But to me I think my son is better than Steph Curry and I don’t care what nobody says. I’m saying he’s taller, faster, stronger,” Lavar said. “Put him in the right situation. Steph Curry shoots the ball. Lonzo shoots the ball. He dribbles the ball. Lonzo dribbles the ball. Like I said, he’s going to have problems if he tries to go against my son one-on-one, but it’s a team game. “I don’t know why everybody gets mad for. What I’m not going to say is Lonzo is pretty good but he’s no Steph Curry. Stop it. Steph Curry is pretty good but he’s no Lonzo Ball.”
One NBA general manager had this to say about Lavar Ball and the pressure he’s putting on his son.
“It doesn’t help, all this stuff with his father,” one general manager told Sporting News. “I don’t know what is gained for the kid by putting that much pressure on him. Nobody from the league has been meeting with (Lonzo Ball) or anything, but that is going to be another thing to look at when it comes to due diligence before the draft. How does he handle his dad, is it just something he laughs about, or is it real pressure on him?”