Founder and CEO of Big Baller Brand, LaVar Ball, never shies away from controversy. This year LaVar has attracted widespread attention after making incredible claims concerning his sons; Lonzo who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, UCLA freshman LiAngelo and LaMelo who plays basketball at Chino Hills High School. We thought we would recap on some of our favourite moments that left heads turning, curtesy of LaVar.
“I’ve told them this since day 1, since they’ve been babies: ‘somebody’s gotta be better than Jordan, why not you?’” LaVar said to TMZ Sports on his big dreams for his kids.
Prior to Lonzo’s selection in the NBA draft, LaVar was adamant about where his son would play: “my son will only play for the Lakers.”
LaVar continued to say that his son will be better than Steph Curry who is the greatest shooter in NBA history: “here, put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens… Steph’s going to have problems trying to guard my boy. Play one-on-one!”
Retired professional basketball player Charles Barkley bit back at LaVar’s outlandish comments: “you can’t say a guy is going to be better than Steph Curry, a guy who has played 30 college games. I know you can be proud of your son, but at some point, it becomes stupidity.”
It didn’t stop there. LaVar rebutted to Barkley’s comments. “If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a championship. He says sometimes when stuff comes out of people’s mouths, it’s just stupid. Guess what? You talking too.”
LaVar has also made comments about NBA heavyweight LeBron James. “You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because [fans] are going to look at them like, ‘you got to be just like your dad.'”
Never fear because just a few weeks later LeBron responded to LaVar man-to-man: “keep my kids’ name out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
Guess what? The dissing doesn’t stop there. LaVar goes on to talk smack about one of NBA’s greatest, Michael Jordan. “Back in my hey day, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one. … He better make every shot ’cause he can’t go around me. He’s not fast enough.” Keep in mind this is coming from LaVar who averaged 2 points per game in college.
Check out Stephen A. Smith and LaVar battle it out in a shouting match over LaVar’s MJ comment. Get some popcorn – this is a good one.
After Lonzo’s last game of basketball for UCLA, LaVar rejoices that his son LiAngelo will be joining the team. He then makes some very controversial comments referring to some of ULCA’s white-skin-coloured players. “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow.”
Many fired up over these comments and days later LaVar retracted his comments. “I love those guys. … I am not saying I don’t like the white guys and we lost because of them. No, that’s how they twisted it up.”
LaVar’s dreams come true as Lonzo is chosen by the Lakers in the 2017 NBA draft. “Lonzo Ball is going to take the Lakers to the playoffs in his first year. Come see me when he does.”
Despite his busy schedule of running his mouth, LaVar and two of his sons had time to make an appearance on WWE Raw.
LaVar pulled his Big Baller Brand team off the court in AAU circuit after arguing a foul call against his team. To say the least, he was not impressed.
A female referee got replaced mid game thanks to LaVar. “She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right. … She needs to stay in her lane because she ain’t ready for this.”
A reality show about LaVar and his family goes live called ‘Ball In The Family’. Lonzo remarks that “everything my dad does is definitely planned, so even if people think he’s crazy, he knows what he’s doing.” Could that be true?
We will see if Lonzo can live up to his fathers sh*t talk. The 2017-2018 season will kick off this week in the U.S. Without a doubt this season will be filled with plenty more of LaVar Ball’s words of wisdom.
Trolling or not, LaVar has made it an interesting year in the basketball world. Thanks for the entertaining year LaVar. Let the NBA season begin.