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‘Keep My Kids’ Name Out of Your Mouth’: LeBron James Goes Off on LaVar Ball

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LaVar Ball, the father of star UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball, has gotten attention over the past few months for a number of outlandish claims he’s made. (Most notably, the claim that he could’ve beaten Michael Jordan in one-on-one.) But this time, he may have picked on the wrong person — or, more specifically, the wrong person’s son.

During an interview on the In the Zone podcast with Fox Sports host Chris Broussard, Ball spoke about why it might be difficult for LeBron James’s children to live up to the public’s expectations in basketball because of their father’s greatness.

You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high.

James was none too pleased by the remarks.

“Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth,” James said, in comments reported by ESPN. “Keep my family out of your mouth.”

ESPN reports that 12-year-old LeBron James Jr. already has standing verbal scholarship offers from basketball powerhouses Duke and Kentucky. LeBron Sr., undoubtedly, is looking to protect his son from comments such as LaVar Ball’s as he goes forward with his promising basketball endeavors.

“This is dad to dad,” James said. “It’s a problem now.”

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