Lavar Ball is quickly becoming the newest annoying stage parent on the national sports scene.
It has quickly become apparent that the father of UCLA freshman phenom Lonzo Ball views his son’s success as his ticket to public visibility. He’s taken quite a liking to the spotlight, and doesn’t hesitate to let inflammatory soundbites fly whenever he has a microphone in his face.
Earlier this week, the elder Ball said that his son will be better a better NBA player than 2-time NBA MVP and NBA champ, Steph Curry. Needless to say, most of the basketball world wondered what the hell he was thinking. Even if he does believe it, why put your son in a position to have to deal with the fall out from such comments, in addition to the immense pressure that already comes with being a potential NBA lottery pick?
Last night, in an in-game interview during the Bruins’ 102-70 win over USC, was given a chance to back away from his Curry comments. Instead, he doubled down.
He said that the Warriors, currently the odds-on favorites to reach their third NBA Finals in three years out of the Western Conference, would be better with his son Lonzo than they are with Curry. No, seriously. He said this.
Let me tell you this right now. I have the utmost confidence in what my boy’s doing. I’m gonna tell you right now, he’s better than Steph Curry to me.
Put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now, and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.”
And Steph Curry on UCLA? What the hell is this guy talking about? Curry led a glorified DIII program in Davidson to the doorstep of the Final Four, so it’s unclear where he’s going with that one.
There’s nothing more annoying than a spotlight obsessed stage parent who finds a way to garner the spotlight due to his son’s accomplishments. And right now, there’s nothing more annoying than Lavar Ball.
Here are Lavar’s full, delusional comments: