LeBron on LaVar Ball: “This is Dad To Dad. Keep My Kids Name Out of Your Mouth”
by: Black Adam Schefter On Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Last week, LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA standout Lonzo Ball, took his trolling to a dangerous level when he mentioned that Lebron James’ sons will be bad at basketball, citing the history of father-son duos to play in the NBA as proof.
“The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good,” Ball said. “They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] 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 going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.”
On Tuesday, LeBron finally got a chance to respond back to LaVar and he meant business. Keep family out of this.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James told ESPN on Tuesday, as the Cavaliers practiced on UCLA’s campus, two days after a victory at the Lakers.
“This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
“He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me,” James told ESPN. “But keep my family out of this.”