There are no days off for LaVar Ball. Well, no days off from making outlandish claims.
Last year, Ball made headlines by claiming that he could beat Michael Jordan one-on-one. This time, he’s taking aim at his son’s new teammate, LeBron James. Speaking with Sports and Hip-Hop, Ball said that he would have no problem beating James one-on-one.
“He’s too weak,” Ball said of James. “Back in my heyday, can’t nobody hold me…All I got to do is back you in, I’ll lift all of them off their feet.”
Ball, who has never played professional basketball, said that there is no video evidence of his basketball talent but he has it all saved in his mind. Although there is no proof of his workouts, Ball claimed that the 500 pounds he used to bench would have helped him beat James.
James would surely disagree – and Ball may need to backtrack on his statements if he wants to get along with his son, Lonzo Ball’s, teammate.
Ball’s interview does appear to have been recorded before James’ decision, as he discusses potential free agency signings in the video, but the statement could cause problems. There was speculation that Ball’s outlandish claims and personality could deter James from choosing the Lakers in free agency.
The media storms Ball has caused in the past were reportedly also a significant part of the reason the San Antonio Spurs did not want Lonzo Ball as a part of a potential trade with the Lakers. Ball’s claims could have been the reason his middle son, LiAngelo Ball, went un-drafted two months ago and is now playing in Ball’s Junior Basketball Association.
While his antics have helped promote the family’s brand in the past, it seems as though Ball’s outlandish personality is causing problems for his sons now. Only time will tell whether or not his sons will be able to overcome the setbacks.
For now, I’ll be patiently waiting for LaVar Ball to claim that he could have beat Muhammad Ali in a fight or can swim faster than Michael Phelps.
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