Over the last, season Lonzo Ball, has emerged as a college basketball star. His father LaVar Ball, is also an emerged star. Lonzo Ball had a great season for the UCLA Bruins, averaging almost 15 points, 6 rebounds and nearly 8 assists per game. While leading UCLA 31-5 record and ultimately to the sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Lonzo Ball was an expected great player, and he accomplished many things as expected, bu his father may have raised the bar a bit. LaVar has said Lonzo is better than two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry, and he’s made a slew of other questionable and seemingly egregious claims and statements during his son’s meteoric rise to fame. Forbes recently asked “LaVar Ball: Marketing Genius or Outta Control Dad“. On top of all the things LaVar has done, the most outrageous or interesting thing he has done, depending on your perspective, was him demanding a $1 billion shoe contract that covers all three of the Ball sons. This leads many to think there may be a method to his madness.
LaVar then went on to claim that Lonzo is in fact the best player in the world. These comments as expected raised the public to question LaVar’s ball sanity and intentions. We forget that many of the greats spoke like this. From Ali to Jordan to many others. One thing that is being overlooked by many of the critics, is the fact that you are supposed to feel this way. Every competitor is supposed to try and be the best. But things are only different here because LaVar is the one making the comments not Lonzo.
Because all athletes know, that when you speak about it you must be about it, because the target will arise to your back. Lonzo has not been worried about anything his father has said. Lonzo has even played better through most of the comments. Until the stunning lost to Kentucky. It was as if the Kentucky freshman had paused for a moment to acknowledge the magnitude of the evening, which revolved around UCLA freshman star Lonzo Ball. CBS said that “Lonzo Ball had a bad game at the worst time and LaVar Ball had it coming“.
Lonzo Ball declared for the NBA draft after their loss to Kentucky. Lonzo has also recently made the statement on ESPN that his father statements do not effect him in anyway, he stated at the end of the day he is the one on the court. If Lonzo can deal with his father, then maybe we all can. Besides like LaVar says, its all entertainment anyway.