LaVar Ball Responds To LeBron Saying ‘Keep My Kids Name Out Of Your Mouth’
Add LeBron James to the list of people getting a tad tired of LaVar Ball and his book of crazy quotations. During Tuesdays practice, LeBron had this to say about the outspoken father of the Ball Bros mentioning his two sons, 12-year old Bronny and 9-year old Bryce Maximus (still the coolest name in the world): “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
Here’s the original quote from Ball on Chris Broussard’s ‘In The Zone’ podcast that caused the semi-shocking response from LeBron.
“The monsters in the NBA, their dads wasn’t that good,” Ball said. “They were OK, they was players, but the fact that the old [Dell] Curry wasn’t no All-Star, he wasn’t cold. He could shoot the ball, though. Kobe Bryant, his dad wasn’t all that, that’s why he’s such a monster.
“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.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.”
James did say he likes Lonzo Ball’s game (who doesn’t?) but reiterated the issue is with LaVar talking about his family. “
“He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons,
talk about basketball, talk about me,” James told ESPN. “But keep my family out of this.”
Later that day during an interview on Fox Sports Radio’s ‘The Brick,’ Ball responded to James’ warning.
“People are just asking me questions. I’ve been talking all my life, and now the cameras are in front of me… if you want to ask me a question I’m going to give you an answer because I have freedom of speech to say whatever I want. It’s just for conversation the next day.”
“I don’t care, they not going to stop me from doing what I’m doing. If they get a little touchy about it, who cares. They’re not gonna do nothing to me and I’m not gonna do nothing to them, it’s not a big deal.”
But LaVar did make it clear he doesn’t have any issues with LeBron or his family.
“I have no problem with LeBron, they asked me a question about if I thought superstar players’ kids were good. My opinion is I’ve never seen one that’s been really good. LeBron is going to make his kids one of the best players ever according to him.”
“I’ve never seen one really live up to what their dad has done, so he could be the first. It’s not about me having his kids name in my mouth, I’m not worried about his family. If somebody asks me a question I’ll answer it the way I want to answer it.”