LaVar Ball making headlines is nothing new. Ever since his son Lonzo Ball was starring for UCLA, the elder Ball has made ludicrous statements about himself and the family. From saying he could beat Jordan in one-on-one to claiming Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry, Ball has said some crazy things in the past.
He had been silent over the past couple of months, but Ball spoke out with his son being tied to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster trade for Anthony Davis. While on the FS1 show Undisputed, Ball took shots at LeBron James, saying his son could beat the four-time MVP in one-on-one. He said was getting old and would not be able to contain his son on the fast break. The oldest Ball brother has been out for the last couple of weeks because of a high-ankle sprain.
The Lakers have gone 2-5 since the injury, but the second year point guard has struggled with inconsistency in his young career.
Ball is averaging over five assists a game, but he still struggles to score the basketball at only 9.9 points per game. James is averaging 26.9 points per game and is shooting over 50 percent from the floor. The three-time NBA champion is also averaging more rebounds and assists per game while shooting a much better percentage from the floor.
The notion that Ball could beat James is laughable as the UCLA product has failed to fully establish himself in the NBA.
Ball did not only bash James as he also said that Luke Walton is “the worst coach Lonzo’s ever had” on the “Doug & Wolf Show” earlier this week. In the interview, Ball said, “Luke Walton turned him into a loser.” The elder Ball also credited his son for making the role players better and threw Walton under the bus for the team’s current struggles.
On Undisputed, he said the Lakers will not win a championship if they trade his son away from the team.
Ball’s outlandish statements about his son, James, and the Lakers have put the elder Ball back into the spotlight. While the Pelicans have seemed to cut off trade talks with the Lakers, it’s clear that Ball is frustrated with his son’s new role on the team.