LaVar Ball 'Worst Thing to Happen to Basketball in Last 100 Years' Per Nike Exec

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins, watches the game against the USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Nike executive George Raveling spoke out strongly Thursday against the antics of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball's father, LaVar Ball.

According to Michael Smith of SportsBusiness Journal, Raveling said the elder Ball is "the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years."

Ball is as boisterous as they come, and he hasn't been shy about offering his opinion to the media, regardless of how outlandish it is.

In February, he said on KCUB Sports Radio 1290 (h/t ESPN.com) that he would discourage other teams from drafting his son so he could land with the Los Angeles Lakers.

He also told TMZ Sports (h/t Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com) that his son will be better than Golden State Warriors superstar and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry: "He's going to be better than Steph Curry. Steph Curry's really good, but my son is young, he's 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 he's not as young as my boy."

Ball even went so far as to say that he personally could have beaten Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one despite averaging 2.2 points per game in his college career at Washington State, per Josh Peter of USA Today.

While Ball has undoubtedly gotten his son more attention and notoriety, he has seemingly rubbed Nike the wrong way.

The Ball patriarch told Peter he is seeking a $1 billion shoe deal for his sons, but Raveling's comments suggest Nike may not take the bait.