"That's that AAU shit."
LaVar Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball and High School phenoms LiAngelo and LaMelo, has been in the headlines recently for his unwavering confidence in Lonzo's ability to be a superstar at the next level.
Most notably, LaVar made comments that his son Lonzo is a better player than Steph Curry is right now and that Steph is going to have problems trying to guard his kid when he's in the NBA next season.
On Tuesday, Charles Barkley gave his take on those comments, and he didn't hold back either.
Per Sean Deveney of SportingNews.com,
"Just because you say some shit, doesn't make it right. He's gonna be better than Steph Curry? That's what he said. Steph Curry has won a couple MVPs, he's pretty good. Man, let me tell you something. That's that AAU shit. You can't say a guy is going to be better than Steph Curry, a guy who has played 30 college games. I know you can be proud of your son, but at some point, it becomes stupidity."
Lonzo, currently averaging 14.9 points, 7.8 assists, 6.2 rebounds for the #3 UCLA Bruins is destined to be a top pick in the NBA Draft this Summer but his father's constant jawing could become an issue for some teams, according to one GM who spoke with SportingNews.com.
"It doesn't help, all this stuff with his father," the GM said. "I don't know what is gained for the kid by putting that much pressure on him. Nobody from the league has been meeting with [Lonzo Ball] or anything, but that is going to be another thing to look at when it comes to due diligence before the draft. How does he handle his dad; is it just something he laughs about, or is it real pressure on him?"