After proclaiming that his son Lonzo -- a stellar freshman at UCLA -- is better than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry ( ), LaVar Ball was on the receiving end of some harsh criticism from Charles Barkley, who .
âJust because you say some s---, doesnât make it right,â Barkley said, via Sporting News.
LaVar Ball went on FS1âs The Herd on Tuesday, where he shared his retort that cut straight to the bone. And for good measure, he tripled down on his belief that his son is better than Curry.
âIf Charles thought like me, maybe heâd win a championship,â Ball said. âHe says sometimes when stuff comes out of peopleâs mouths, itâs just stupid. Guess what? You talking, too. Everybody has an opinion on how things work. ... I know what my boyâs about. I know what work he put it in. Itâs not a 1-on-1 sport, but if it is 1-on-1, Iâm going to take the taller, faster, stronger guy.â
LaVar Ball responds to Charles Barkley's criticism: "If Charles thought like me, maybe he'd win a Championship." pic.twitter.com/XWc9Y5n0Xg— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 7, 2017
Ball, who is averaging 14.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 7.8 assists this season for the Bruins is arguably the top freshman in the country. At 6-foot-6, he has decided height advantage over the 6-foot-3 Curry. But Ball is also at a disadvantage given Curryâs NBA championship pedigree and proven ability at the next level.
Lonzo Ball is currently in the upcoming draft, but itâs plausible that the Lakers could take a long look at Ball at No. 3 and set up a cross-state rival with Curry at Golden State. That scenario would settle the score on who really is the best player once and for all.