Last week, Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar, told TMZ that his son, a UCLA freshman point guard, would be better than Steph Curry, saying of the two-time MVP, “you only consider him good because he won a couple of championships.

We can cut Mr. Ball some slack for that one. He was excited about his son’s success and maybe got carried away in a webcam interview with TMZ. Surely he didn’t really mean to guarantee Lonzo Ball would soon be better than Curry…

Actually, he meant to say that Lonzo Ball was already better than Curry.

Here’s what LaVar told ESPN in a courtside interview Saturday during the Bruins game against USC:

Let me tell you this right now: I have the utmost confidence in what my boy is doing right now. He better than Steph Curry to me. Put Steph Curry on this UCLA team and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.

Whew, what is LaVar doing? Is there any way these outlandish promises could actually benefit Lonzo’s career?

Look, Lonzo Ball is a great player. He’s averaging a super-impressive 15.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game this year and has UCLA back in the top 10. He will easily be a top 5 pick in the NBA Draft this spring.

But Steph Curry is a top-5 player in the world! He’s the two-time reigning MVP! He’s probably at this point a top-50 player of all-time.

Maybe one day Lonzo will get to that level. It’s totally possible. But dad should probably let him earn the plaudits, before he keeps raising the expectations.

About Alex Putterman

Alex is a writer and editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has written for The Atlantic, VICE Sports,, and more. He is a proud alum of Northwestern University and The Daily Northwestern. You can find him on Twitter @AlexPutterman.

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