LaVar Ball said he did not want his son LaMelo to be drafted by the Warriors, and he got his wish when Golden State selected James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
LaVar said he didn’t think LaMelo fit with Warriors stars Steph Curry and Klay Thompson because his son would have to wait his turn to become a star.
LaMelo was drafted No. 3 overall by the Charlotte Hornets and he is excelling to the point that he is the frontrunner for NBA Rookie of the Year.
Months after the fact, LaVar Ball is back to elaborate on why he didn’t think LaMelo would fit with the Warriors, and it has a lot to do with Steve Kerr.
“I told Steve Kerr, and time has gone by, I called him the Milli Vanilli of coaching,” LaVar said Thursday, referring to the R&B duo from the late 1980s and early 1990s. “Don’t get mad at me because that’s what it is. But he’s going to hold something against my son if he start doing some stuff and this what he going to say ‘We don’t do that around here.’
Now you got Melo trying to play the game listening to me and the guy he works for. You can’t perform like that. You can’t have that over your head.”
Mychal Thompson, father of Klay and current broadcaster for the Los Angeles Lakers, asked LaVar if he expected his sons to listen to him over their particular coach.
“I don’t expect them [to]. I know they will,” LaVar said.
LaVar was then asked to explain why he considers Kerr the “Milli Vanilli” of basketball coaching.
“He called me the Kardashian of basketball,” LaVar said. “All he had to do was call me LaVar Ball and we woulda been fine. I call him the Milli Vanilli because you ain’t coaching, you just standing up. I could coach them with my eyes closed.”
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