Steph Curry may be regarded to as the best active shooter in the league. There may be one player that is not in the NBA yet that may compare to Curry. At Least LaVar Ball thinks so.
Ball believes that his son Lonzo is better than Steph Curry, according to USA Today. Lonzo is currently playing point-guard for UCLA, and is in his freshmen year. It appears that he is raising the excitement about his son early.
It may be important to keep in mind that Curry has been named MVP consecutive years in his career. He also set a record for most three-point shots in a season before. At just 29-years-old, he may only be getting better.
LaVar Ball did not quit with Steph Curry as comparisons either. He said that another family member was even better than Michael Jordan, himself, Ball said “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’
Ball continued to speak on how he would play Jordan, “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,”“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.”
It may seem a little outrageous to say that he could handle Jordan, and for a few reasons. Jordan already built his career, is one of the top shooters ever, and even has his own shoe deal that is highly popular. Ball may not exactly be as household of a name as Jordan, whether he could cover him or not.
Ball averaged just over two points per game and two rebounds per game in his time playing for Washington State in the 1987-88 season. On the other hand, Jordan put up some more eye-catching numbers. He averaged 35 points per game, and 5.5 rebounds per game for Chicago that same year. The Numbers may speak for themselves, despite Ball having a lot to say.
As far as his sons’ skillsets, Ball may be looking for big numbers when it comes to marketing them. Along with Lonzo, Ball has two other sons, LiAngelo, a high school senior who has signed with UCLA, and LaMelo, a high school sophomore who has committed to UCLA. Their father, LaVar is looking to make them a package deal for marketing with Nike, Adidas or Under Amour.
They will not sign for any bargain either. Ball spoke on the number they are in search of, ” A billion dollars, it has to be there,” “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up
front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”
Is LaVar Ball ahead of himself? Could his sons live up to the hype? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod
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