LaVar Ball Says Shaq, Kareem, Magic, & Jordan’s Kids Are All Wack at Basketball
Just a few days ago, LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball, stated that Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James’ sons would be wack at basketball.
If that wasn’t disrespectful enough, he decided to add more legends to that list, talking about their kids and their ability to play basketball. During an interview with Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard for the latter’s podcast, Ball was asked about the pressure that comes to sons of former great players.
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.”
My sons are good, they’re great,” Ball said. “But let’s say I really excelled in football and made millions of millions of dollars. Do I spent that time with them now? — No, I have to worry about the offseason and I just buy you a trainer and hope that you turn out okay. Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.”
At this point, LaVar has put a target on all of his sons and they better live up to every single thing he has stated up to his point, because if they don’t, it could get real ugly.