Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Dad Says Lonzo Ball Will Be Better Than Steph Curry
LaVar Ball isn’t one to temper expectations.
Back in November, he predicted on air to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman that UCLA would win the NCAA championship.
“I’m gonna tell you right now before you see it: UCLA gonna win the NCAA Championship and you think I’m playin’…Right here and right now…Guaranteed! Come see me when they win it!”
Now here comes LaVar saying that the oldest of his three sons will be better in the NBA than two-time MVP Steph Curry.
“Heck no, he gonna be better than Steph Curry in the NBA,” he told TMZ when asked if the 6-foot-6 Lonzo will be as good as Curry. “Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time.
“But I tell you what, he’s not as young as my boy. You’re not going to be able to say this until my boy is finished playing. They gonna look back and say, ‘Man, how did LaVar know all this?'”
Ball is currently projected as the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.
LaVar Ball has three sons, the youngest of whom, Lamelo Ball, recently scored 92 points in a game.
In some respects, LaVar’s comments evoke those made a generation ago by Richard Williams, who famous predicted that his Compton-born daughters, Venus and Serena, would one day be No. 1 in the world, and that Serena would be the better of the two sisters.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.