LaVar Ball isn’t backing down. Nor is he piping down.
The verbose father of Lonzo Ball, the UCLA star who is expected to be a top NBA draft pick, and his two talented younger brothers said in his latest interview that he has “no regrets” about anything he has said. Oh yeah? Not even promising he could have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one? Or that Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry and/or LeBron James? Or how the three boys will revolutionize the NBA?
“Whatever I say, I never regret it because I think about it before I say it,” Ball said on I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one”) despite video evidence that Ball’s college game was, shall we say, somewhat lacking. (He averaged two points per game at Washington State.)
“I don’t think I can beat him,” Ball said, “I know I can beat him one-on-one. I was 270 pounds back then, jumping out of the gym, benching 500 pounds. He’s too small. If the game was played one-on-one, I’d be the champion of the world. I just told y’all that.”
It didn’t go well when the people at UPROXX had the matchup on NBA 2K, but we digress.
Nor is Ball concerned that his mouth is writing checks his sons will have to cover. Like when he went too far in mentioning James’s basketball-precocious sons and James admonished him, “dad-to-dad” to “keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth.” Ball says he isn’t worried that NBA players might not welcome Lonzo into the league.
“Lonzo doesn’t care about everybody else … If I knew this was bothering my son, would I stop it? No, because I know what he’s about it and he knows what I’m about it,” LaVar said. “We with each other through right or wrong.”
If they aren’t, chances are strong that Dad will tell everyone about it. And if Michael Jordan decides to settle this, well, stop the presses.