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Lonzo Ball is better than Steph Curry? 'I don't want to talk about that'

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OAKLAND -- Sooner or later, the question was bound to land in Stephen Curry’s lap. It dropped Wednesday, after Warriors shootaround.

Asked about comments made by LaVar Ball, father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball, who unfavorably compared Curry to his son, the Warriors guard was rather dismissive in flicking it away.

“I ... don’t want to talk about that,” Curry said, shaking his head, trying (and failing) to conceal his irritation/boredom.

Last month, Lavar Ball claimed his son Lonzo -- a 6-foot-6 freshman point guard having a fabulous season for the Bruins -- can outplay Curry, who happens to have won the last two NBA MVP awards.

“I’m going to tell you right now, he’s better than Steph Curry to me,” LaVar Ball said of his son. “Put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens. I’ll double down on it again. Like I said, if I don’t know what my boy is about, I’m not going to make that statement. Steph is going to have problems trying to guard my boy. Play one on one."

Though Curry clearly had heard or read the comments, he previously had not responded. He barely responded Wednesday.

 

“I wish his kids the best,” he said of LaVar Ball. “I know they’re going to be great NBA players, because that’s their job. That’s it.”

Lonzo Ball is averaging 14.9 points, 7.8 assists and 6.2 rebounds per game for UCLA. He is shooting 55.5 percent from the field, 42.4 percent beyond the college arc.

Curry is averaging 24.9 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds. He is shooting 46.3 percent overall, 39.9 percent beyond the NBA arc.

As for LaVar Ball being so outspoken about the talents of his sons, Curry shrugged off giving an opinion.

“Every person should parent their kid how they feel they should,” he said. “That’s it.”