NBA News: LeBron James Asks LaVar Ball To Keep His Family Out Of His Mouth
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OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates with his sons LeBron Jr. and Bryce after defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo : Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LeBron James isn’t spared from the wrath of LaVar Ball’s mouth.
If others just shrugged LaVar’s tirade against them, LeBron won’t let the wrecking ball hit him. Reports from NY Daily News had “King James” firing on his own by asking the father of UCLA’s Lonzo Ball to just leave it as a father-to-father affair.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth,” the Akron, Ohio native told ESPN. An obviously irritated James had this response regarding LaVar’s comment about NBA all stars’ sons turning not to be as good as them.
“He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me. But keep my family out of this,” added James, a 13-time NBA All Star. LeBron’s sons are already making an impression in the AAU circuit where, according to ESPN, LeBron James, Jr. already has a verbal scholarship offers from Kentucky and Duke University despite “Bronny” being only 12-years old.
James’ youngest son, 9-year old Bryce Maximus, is also showing flashes of what their dad possess. The brothers are always turning heads wherever they go as expectations of being “King James'” son will always follow them — and they didn’t disappoint! The brothers even have their mixtapes all around YouTube such as this one taken last year.
LaVar’s comments ignited the fire inside LeBron when he was specifically named as an example of NBA players who are all-stars but their sons may find it hard to achieve the feat. “You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad?'” raised Ball.
He also insisted that living up to the expectations and standards set by their father may just take toll on the kids. The comparisons with their father that the kids might hear may either build them up or tear them apart, since the expectation is “very, very high”.
Kobe Bryant and Steph Curry were also cited for being great basketball players but their fathers were never became an all-star or just simply not good. In this case, LaVar concludes that the formula of being a top-quality player in the NBA is for their father to be a bust or not good enough to play at a high level like him.
Now, Charles Barkley, your turn to ask him to play one-on-one with you again to settle this one off.
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