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LaVar Ball on son Lonzo: ‘He going to be better than Steph Curry’

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LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 03: Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins reacts after making a three-point basket against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half of the game at Rupp Arena on December 3, 2016 in Lexington, Kentucky. UCLA defeated Kentucky 97-92. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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LaVar Ball has never been shy of stating his affinity and his belief in his sons’ basketball ability, and he backed that up today in an interview with TMZ, who asked him about people comparing his son to the likes of Jason Kidd and Steph Curry.

“You gotta compare somebody to something, but you can’t compare my boy to nobody,” he said. “They try. I’ll tell you this. They say he’s like Jason Kidd. But he’s taller than Jason Kidd. He jumps better than Jason Kidd. He longer than Jason Kidd. He got a better shot than Jason Kidd. How you comparing him?”

And what about Steph? Will he be as good as the unanimous MVP?

“Heck no! He going to be better than Steph Curry,” Ball said. “Steph Curry’s really good, but my son is young, he got time to go. And you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships. What if he didn’t win no championships? He made some shots at the right time. But I’ll tell you what, he’s not as young as my boy.”

“You won’t be able to say it until my boy finishes his career. Then they’ll look back and think, ‘Man, how did LaVar know all this?’”

I don’t even know what to make of all of that.

But I do know this: LaVar is setting up Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo for an insane level of expectation. They may live up to it, but part of me wonders what happens if they don’t.