Let’s hope the sins of the father are not the sins of the son.
George Raveling, a Nike Executive spoke candidly about UCLA sensation Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar Ball, and frankly, he’s not a fan.
According to Michael Smith of SportsBusiness Journal, Raveling said the Ball patriarch is “the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years.”
The elder Ball has cut a controversial figure with statements about current and past NBA players. He insinuated that Lonzo is a better athlete than Golden States Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
“I have the utmost confidence in what my boy is doing. He’s better than Steph Curry to me,” he said. “Put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.”
His hottest take might have been when he claimed he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one matchup.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,” said Ball in an interview with USA TODAY Sports’ Josh Peter.
“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.”
Ball also fired off at another person who’s always pitted against Jordan: LeBron James.
During an appearance on FS1’s In the Zone with Chris Broussard podcast, Ball said James’ sons would fall to the pressures of being the offsprings of a star athlete.
“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,” Ball said during an appearance on FS1’s In the Zone with Chris Broussard podcast.
After James heard Lavar’s statements, he advised Lavar to not ever mention James kids again.