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Thursday / June 29.
  • LaVar Ball Fires Back at Charles Barkley

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    LaVar Ball isn’t backing down from Charles Barkley.

    Or from his strong support of his son, Lonzo.

    “If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a Championship,” the elder Ball said on the Colin Cowherd radio show.

    Barkley had earlier chimed in on LaVar Ball’s recent comments about his son.

    “Just because you say some s—, doesn’t make it right,” Barkley said. “He’s gonna be better than Steph Curry? That’s what he said. Steph Curry has won a couple MVPs, he’s pretty good. Man, let me tell you something. That’s that AAU s—. 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.”

    In recent days, LaVar Ball has made national news by A) saying his son will be better in the NBA than Steph Curry; B) initially saying Lonzo will only play for the Lakers, then backtracking slightly to say he would prefer his son play for Magic Johnson’s team; and C) comparing his son’s branding power to that of Michael Jordan.

    All of these comments are not lost on NBA folks, especially those in Boston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Orlando, the teams expected to nab the top few picks in the Draft.

    “At the end of the day it will not determine where he gets drafted because I believe they are going to draft him on talent because he appears to be a solid young man brought up by a very supportive family,” one Western Conference executive said.

    Asked if NBA execs had concerns, one NBA scout said, “Not really. If he hasn’t already, as soon as he gets his money, he will ignore his father.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. 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.