Charles Barkley and Lazar Ball Publicly have Brutal War of Words
By Brandon Simmons
It’s only March and NBA on TNT analyst Charles Barkley has found himself in more beefs than 2003 G-Unit. This time the outspoken bald headed man has found himself in a war of words with another outspoken bald headed man: Lazar Ball. In case you have been a productive citizen the past few weeks, Ball is the father of UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball, and also the man who proclaimed his son to be better than Golden State Warrior, 2-time MVP and NBA champion Steph Curry. Yes, that Lazar Ball. According to USA Today, Barkley was interviewed by Sporting News magazine and decided go in on Ball’s statements.
“Just because you say some (expletive), 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 (expletive). 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.”
However, Lazar was not going to let that slide and offered Barkley some late career advice:
“Here’s the thing, I don’t pull anything back. Whatever I say, I say. It’s just like with Charles Barkley is saying with all these guys. If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a championship. Oh yeah, it hurt because he’s saying sometimes when stuff comes out of people’s mouth is just stupid. Guess what? You talking too. So, everybody has an opinion how things were. I don’t care about that I put the goals up high. I know what my boy is about. I know the work he’s put in. It’s not a one-on-one sport, but if it is one-on-one, I’m going to take the taller, faster, stronger guy.”
But unlike Nicki Minaj against Remy Ma, Barkley actually served up a reply:
“I didn’t win a championship. I don’t know what his basketball career was, but I’d put mine up against his. His son’s life is his life, not yours. No matter what he’s trying to accomplish, it’s not his. So I wish his son nothing but the best. His kid’s a heck of a player. But I don’t like when parents interject.”
Chuck definitely has a point on this whole situation. As entertaining as the first statement was, things look like they could be getting out of hand. Lazar has been on TMZ as well as 2 shows on Fox Sports, so obviously the media is trying to cash in on some ratings, but at some point you have to shut it down. It’s one thing to show confidence in your son but it’s also another thing to flip this moment as a PR campaign to play for the Lakers. All these one-and-done college players are amazing when they are against other 18, 19 and 20-year-olds. But when they play against professional talent for an extended period of time, there’s a chance it might not pan out that way. And when that happens, it’s something that Lonzo will have to face without his dad’s opinion.
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