The outspoken LaVar Ball went on ESPN Radio to proclaim his son, Lonzo, is better than San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.
LaVar Ball is back in the news again, this time for saying that at it again his son, Lonzo Ball, is a better than Kawhi Leonard. Ball appeared on the ESPN Radio show with Marcellus Wiley and Travis Rodgers on Monday and at one point in the interview turned to speculation that the Lakers may make a move this offseason to acquire Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs.
Eventually, Wiley asked Ball if he thought that Leonard was a better player than Lonzo. Ball, who has never turned down an opportunity to promote his sons’ abilities, answered how you probably thought he would.
“Hell no. Lonzo, I’m gonna tell you what he does, makes everyone on the team better. Who don’t want to start a team with that? You put Kawhi on there, he won’t make everyone better. He’s gonna do his thing. He’s a specialty guy.”
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LaVar was right about one thing, Lonzo does make everyone on the Lakers better. His court vision is a gift from the basketball gods, he’s a good defender and rebounder, and seems to be liked and respected by his teammates. He certainly has a very bright future ahead of him. But he’s not better than Kawhi Leonard.
If by “doing his thing” LaVar means shutting down the opposing teams best player on a nightly basis, scoring from all areas of the floor, and consistently being one of the premier two-way players in the league, then yes Leonard will certainly “do his thing.” Missing almost an entire season might have caused some people to forget how truly special Kawhi is. He’s a unique talent in the upper echelon of NBA players. Lonzo is going to be a special player in his own right but he still has a long way to go until he’s in that tier.
As long as the drama surrounding Kawhi and the Spurs continues there will be smaller stories such as this one that comes as a result. In the scope of all of the claims that LaVar Ball has made this one was relatively run of the mill. This is the guy who claimed he could take Michael Jordan one-on-one after all.