Hall of Famer and former Laker great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave his take on LaVar Ball. Kareem gave his opinion about Ball on the His & Hers podcast with Michael Smith & Jemele Hill:
“I don’t think LaVar Ball is doing his sons any good. He seems to be just somebody that’s just out there trying to bring all the attention that he can to himself, and I don’t know what the purpose is for that. His sons are good athletes; let them do their thing. I think he should step into the background.”
I don’t think LaVar Ball is going to the background just yet.
LaVar Ball believes that his son Lonzo Ball is going to be special in the NBA. He believes we have not seen anything like his son. “He’s a new breed. You ain’t seen nothing like him yet; that’s what I’m saying, ” Ball told Doug Gottlieb. “Y’all trying to compare him to everybody! You say Jason Kidd? Jason Kidd 6’4, my boy 6’7. My boy can jump; he (Kidd) can jump a little bit. He(Kidd) can’t jump like Zo. Lonzo longer, blocks more shots, so it’s different.”
If Lonzo Ball has half the career Jason Kidd had, LaVar should be happy. However, it is good to see a father out there supporting his son!
LaVar Ball has talked about everything and everybody over the past few months. He said things that were funny, and some things that were downright ridiculous. Gary Trent Sr., the father of Duke recruit Gary Trent Jr., gave his thoughts on Ball. (laughing) “You know, when I see him on TV its humor(laughing). He loves his kids. I get what he’s doing, maybe there could be a little smoother or more articulate way to go about it, but you know everybody do their thing a certain way. Its humor though (laughing),” Trent told goforitgantsports.
Ball had been on record as saying he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game, but could he beat Gary Trent Sr. one-on-one? “Can he beat me in one-on-one? (Laughing) As of right now, I don’t hoop. I just lift weights man, and do some cardio. He might be able get me in one-on-one.” Trent Sr. said. Trent Sr. might be open to a pay-per-view event with Ball. “Want to put it on pay-per-view and go out there for some money? I’m all for that too now, you know? Ball dad vs. Trent dad, we do some pay-per-view money— I’m all for that.(laughing)”
Based on how good Gary Jr. has been in high school, maybe we could see Trent jr. vs. Ball at some point in the NBA.
Listen to interview below:
Trent talks Ball at 37:12 mark of the interview.
LaVar Ball: Can’t stop, won’t stop. Ball keeps on talking; this time he goes after Lonzo’s UCLA teammates. Ball told Clay Fowler the reason why UCLA did not win a title:
Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” Ball said. “I told Lonzo – ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”
Wow! You wonder what the fallout will be from these comments. One of these days LaVar will be quiet!
Being the number one pick in the NBA Draft is what many players dream about, but for Lonzo Ball that is not the case. Ball told ESPN’s SportsNation that he would rather be a Laker than the number one pick in the draft. When given the choice, here is how Ball answered:
“I’m going with the Lakers. All my family is from L.A. so to be able to play in front of them, I think that would mean more to me”
At least he is honest. We’ll see where he goes come June.
According to TMZ Sports , LaVar Ball is looking to do a reality TV show and documentary. Who is surprised? You kind of got the feeling that LaVar was looking to do reality TV; he is all about maximizing the Ball brand!
I think LaVar and his boys could make for some good television.
I guess Lonzo Ball is a chip off the old block. We know his dad LaVar likes to talk, but now Lonzo doing the talking. Ball told ESPN 710 LA that he is better than Washington’s Markelle Fultz:
“Markelle’s a great player, but I feel I’m better than him.” I think I can lead a team better than him,” Ball added. “Obviously he’s a great scorer — he’s a great player, so I’m not taking that away from him.”
I like the kid’s confidence. He should think he is better, but he probably should show a little bit of humility.
Not much of a shock here, but Lonzo Ball has officially declared for the NBA Draft. Now, it’s time to conquer the NBA. Ball declared for the draft after UCLA was ousted from the tournament by Kentucky.
Ball will most definitely be a top five pick. He could go as high as number one in the draft.
LaVar Ball is moving the needle. When he speaks, people listen! Well, he continued his ranting and raving today. Ball told ESPN’s “First Take” that Lonzo Ball would have the same impact as Magic Johnson!! Yes, the great Magic Johnson. He also responded to LeBron James.
Listen for yourself:
LaVar Ball believes that Lonzo Ball is going to be a Laker after the 2017 NBA Draft. Ball told TMZ Sports how it’s going to happen:
“He gonna go to the Lakers. Watch! Lakers gonna get that ball(Draft lottery), and then they gonna get that (Lonzo)Ball.”
Also, LaVar tells why he believes Lonzo is a better option than Washington’s Markelle Fultz:
“If you got a kid that makes everybody better, you mean to tell me you wouldn’t take him over a guy that’s averaging 40 points, but the team’s losing? If you wanna winner, you pick my boy.”
Should be fun to see what happens come draft day in the NBA.