LeBron James finally broke his silence after LaVar Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, commented about his sons. “The King” warned Ball not to involve his sons whenever he speaks in public to criticize other players.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James told ESPN on Tuesday, as the Cavaliers practiced on UCLA’s campus, two days after a road victory against the Lakers. “This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
LaVar Ball keeps attracting media attention
LaVar Ball never holds back whenever he has the chance to speak. After saying that his son Lonzo Ball is better than Stephen Curry, LaVar also bravely claimed that he can beat NBA legend Michael Jordan in a one-on-one. Recently, he compared his sons’ future success to LeBron James’ sons.
“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 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.”
LaVar Ball has a strong belief his sons Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo will be better than LeBron James Jr. and Bryce Maximus James. Lonzo Ball is currently playing for the UCLA Bruins and is projected to be the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. His two sons also received scholarships from UCLA.
LeBron James says “Bronny” has superstar potential
Meanwhile, the son of LeBron James, “Bronny,” already has standing verbal scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky. The expectation is indeed high for him as his father is currently regarded as the best basketball in the planet. However, with his current performance, there is no doubt that he’s destined to be an NBA superstar.
“He has a chance,” James said about his son. “That’s all you can ask for.”
Despite LaVar’s comment about his son, James isn’t holding a grudge against Lonzo Ball. Instead, he gave a complement to Ball and warned his father again to avoid talking about his family.
“I actually like his son,” James told ESPN. “I like his game. He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me. But keep my family out of this.”
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