Lavar Ball might have committed a flagrant foul, talking about LeBron James’ sons.
During an appearance on FS1’s In the Zone with Chris Broussard podcast, Ball insinuated that James’ sons — 12-year-old LeBron James Jr. and 9-year-old Bryce Maximus James — wouldn’t have much success in the league because of who their father is.
“You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got (sic) to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high,” said Ball.
He continued, “The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good. They were OK, they was (sic) players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn’t no (sic) All-Star, he wasn’t cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn’t all that, that’s why he’s such a monster.”
James caught wind of Ball’s statements and immediately had a message for the outspoken father.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James told ESPN on Tuesday. “This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers practiced on UCLA’s campus — the university where Ball’s eldest son and star athlete Lonzo Ball attends.
James added, “He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me. But keep my family out of this.”
Lavar has been extremely vocal about Lonzo and his two other sons — Chino Hills Academy’s LiAngelo and LaMelo — athletic prowess on the hardwood.
The father-of-three said Lonzo is a better athlete than sharp-shooter Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors; he, himself can “kill” Michael Jordan one-on-one in his prime; and all of his sons will play only one season of college basketball before they’ll declare for the NBA draft.
James’ sons are a few years away from college but have already garnered national attention for their athletic abilities. ESPN reported that LeBron Jr. already has standing scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky.
Unlike Ball, James has shied away from questions about his son’s potential as an NBA athlete, often responding with “he has a chance.”
As for Lonzo, James is a fan of the 19-year-old basketball star.
“I actually like his son,” James said. “I like his game.”