- Video: Richard Jefferson Makes Fun of LeBron’s Newest SkyMall Purchase
- Video: Byron Scott Takes Stand on LeBron’s Rank in Today’s NBA
- J.R. Smith Addresses His Status for Game 3 vs. Indiana Pacers
- Latest NBA 2K17 Update Reveals New Ratings for Cavs Players
- Video: Kevin Love Hilariously Interrupts LeBron James During Postgame Press Conference
- LeBron James Passes Magic Johnson on All-Time Playoff Steals List
- Warriors Roasted on Twitter for Stealing Cavs’ Playoff Slogan and Design
- Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Indiana Pacers Game 2 Recap: Big 3 Goes Off in Game 2 Victory
- Kyrie Irving Drains 3-Pointer in Lance Stephenson’s Face, Proceeds to Talk Trash
- LeBron James Alters Free-Throw Shooting Technique With Help From Kyle Korver
LeBron James Angrily Responds to LaVar Ball’s Comments About His Kids
- Updated: March 22, 2017
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James angrily responded on Tuesday to LaVar Ball’s controversial remarks last week about their respective families, taking issue with the fact that his sons were referenced in the explosive comments.
“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth,” James said. “This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”
Ball, the father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball as well as two other up-and-coming standout basketball players, last week compared his sons to those of James and former NBA players Dell Curry and Joe Bryant. Curry has two sons, including two-time MVP Stephen Curry, who’s currently playing for the Golden State Warriors, while Kobe Bryant recently finished up a 20-year career last season and is destined for the Hall of Fame.
“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 expressed admiration for the younger Ball’s basketball exploits, but again aimed criticism at the elder Ball:
“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. I actually like his son. I like his game.”