It is fair to say that LaVar Ball rubs a lot of people the wrong way because of his brash, unapologetic style. You can count De’Aaron Fox’s father among those who aren’t fond of the UCLA basketball superdad.
Ahead of this week’s NBA Draft, Fox’s father, Aaron, sounded off on Ball’s antics and reminded LaVar of the performance’s Fox put up when Kentucky and UCLA met twice this season.
In essence, Aaron Fox had this to say: your son was dominated twice. Be quiet.
In his own words, via Bleacher Report:
“My son already ate his ass up twice,” the elder Fox said. “[LaVar] can say what he wants to say. I just tell him to go back and watch the film. That’s it. All that yap, yap, yapping, I don’t even got to respond to that. We played them twice. Twice his son got outplayed.
“I always tell [De’Aaron], let your game speak for it. You ain’t got to talk. You ain’t got to fuss.”
When the two players met in the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Fox put up a whopping 39 points, four assists and three rebounds. Ball, meanwhile, was limited to just 10 points, eight assists and three rebounds.
In the first meeting, Fox outscored Ball by six points and had two more assists.
While none of this means Fox will be a better pro, it does allow us to have a budding young rivalry in the NBA entering next season. Not only between the two college basketball standouts, but between their fathers as well.