#Lavar Ball, father of college basketball star Lonzo Ball and high school stars LiAngelo and LaMelo has found himself in the spotlight of sports talk recently due to his very confident and complimentary comments about his sons and their basketball skills. While LaVar's kids have been playing basketball at a very high level, many believe Lavar's comments are too arrogant, and could spell a problem for him and his children once they reach the pro's.
During a podcast with Fox Sport's Chris Broussard, Ball made a critical comment about past NBA legends and the success of their kids in the big league. LaVar went on to tell Chris Broussard that many NBA greats including Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have all had children with high expectations, yet the kids have not lived up to the expectations.
LaVar is suggesting that NBA superstars generally don't have superstar parents, or superstar kids. But average NBA players can have a superstar kid.
LeBron James' children won't be successful?
LaVar Ball also went as far as to suggest, LeBron's children will likely fall to the pressure and expectations, saying that LeBron kids are going to be looked at as needing to be like their father, needing to play just like their father, likewise to other NBA legends children, failing to be like their dad. And may very well crumble under all that pressure.
Ball added on this: "And after a while that pressure starts sitting on you like why do I gotta be like him, why can’t I just be me?"
Ball also made a guess at what the critics will say: "They’re gonna be like aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good. Because the expectation is very high.”
While LaVar may make a genuine point, it still doesn't deter us from the fact that at the young age of 12 and age 9 these kids have showed lots of potential. Even LeBron James himself went as far as to say, that his 12 year old son, #Lebron James Jr had better handles and jump shot than he did at that age. He also stated his son has a knack for passing the ball, similiar to himself.