Charles Barkley wears Kent State jersey before NCAA tournament game against UCLA

There might never have been a sports dad quite like LaVar Ball.

Ball has been everything the Bruins envisioned, much more than a pass-first dynamo with a funky shot.

One player to watch in this year’s NCAA March Madness is UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball.

Lonzo is undoubtedly a future star, but his old man may cost him the top pick in this year’s draft, according to National Basketball Association commentators. Prior to UCLA’s first-round matchup against Kent State, Barkley donned a Golden Flashes jersey as a direct shot at LaVar.

Ball’s comments caused a stir among fans on social media and cultivated into the hashtag #LavarBallSays.

Sam Amick of USA Today asked an important question about all the attention: Is it scaring off National Basketball Association teams from drafting Lonzo Ball? As others have done, Barkley noted that the elder Ball, now 49, averaged 2.2 points per game at Washington State in 1987. I wish his kids the best and I know they’ll be great National Basketball Association players. He’s not fast enough. Where every coach and agent is looking to latch onto a player and make their cut at the earliest age possible.

“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one”.

“Violation or not”, LaVar Ball told Time.com. “Kareem’s got sons, Jordan’s got sons, Shaq’s got sons”.

Even with the statements and the backlash from those who hear it, his sons don’t have a problem. He’s said Lonzo will play only for the Lakers.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, UCLA is the clear favorite today, as the Bruins are getting odds of -18.5 points against Kent State.

“He’s better than Steph Curry to me”, LaVar said. The expectation is that Lonzo will be drafted in the first round of the National Basketball Association.

Despite falling behind by double-digits several times throughout the game, Kent would battle back, closing within four points in the second half before the Bruins finally pulled away for good. “But let’s say I really excelled in football and made millions of millions of dollars”. We’d be wise to trust his assessment either way should Ball be on the board when the Celtics are on the clock. But, to be honest he probably thinks he can do that.

It is a rule and LaVar Ball admitted he had tried to get around it. Maybe he’s going to be a recurring nuisance.

“If he wants to say wild things and be amusing, that’s great for him”. Don’t know about you, but I’m nearly curious to hear about how he’d beat Larry Bird.

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