UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball is the leader of the No. 3 team in the country, a top candidate for freshman of the year and a near lock of a lottery pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. As good as he’s been, it’s been his father, LaVar, who has made more headlines of late. LaVar Ball has made outlandish claims his son is better than Steph Curry and that Lonzo will wield the branding power of Michael Jordan, all within the past month.

Charles Barkley ain’t havin’ it.

“Just because you say some s---, doesn’t make it right,” Barkley said, via Sporting News. “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 s---. 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.”

The public seems to have teetered on its attitude towards Mr. Ball recently. He was once a fun, interesting interview that gave good quotes -- including a claim in a live interview on television earlier this season that UCLA would win the national title. But his boastful view of his son has heaped a world of expectations onto the shoulders of a 19-year-old college freshman, and it has some wondering if he’s become a distraction for a team with its sights set on a tournament run. 

As a player, Lonzo is really, really talented. No one will argue that point. But to put him in the same class as Steph Curry is as ludicrous as it is unfair. As Barkley noted, there’s a fine line between proud dad and getting close to stupidity. With Selection Sunday now just days away and the Bruins expected to land a favorable seed, perhaps we’ve heard the last of the claims from Lonzo’s father. But don’t bet on it.