The LaVar Ball saga has a new chapter.
After a series of highly publicized comments that bulldozed beyond the line of over-confidence, LaVar Ball found his way in front of media members again. With confidence in his basketball playing sons through the roof, Ball has become a sounding board for comments that are easy to criticize.
However this time, he’s getting a bad rap.
In a SC Featured Video, Ball made the following comments:
“I’ve told my boys this: Somebody gotta be better than Michael Jordan. Why not you?”
LaVar is catching a lot of flack in a way similar to when he said his son would be better than Steph Curry, but I think that is a result of his is reputation dictating a response. LaVar told his sons something any parent would tell their child: ‘you can be the best’.
Then, he went a bit too far, saying he would beat the GOAT in one-on-one back in the day.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,” said Ball, via USA TODAY Sports.
“I would just back (Jordan) in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left,’’ Ball said. “He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot ’cause he can’t go around me. He’s not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim.”
Whether it’s true or not, which it’s probably not, isn’t the point.
LaVar isn’t going to set a ceiling for his kids, nor should he. Each of the Ball boys appear immensely talented, and their father has done well to build media hype around them. Maybe he isn’t the crazy coot everyone want’s him to be.