Lonzo and LaVar Ball Appear on 'Ellen DeGeneres Show'

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2017

Lonzo Ball and his polarizing father, LaVar, talked high expectations and Big Baller Brand sneaker prices in Thursday's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

When read back some of his most outlandish claims, LaVar confirmed his beliefs that he would defeat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one game ("easy"), and Lonzo—who he knew would become a basketball player and wind up on the Los Angeles Lakers—is currently better than Stephen Curry.

The Lakers rookie had a more measured response about his dad's lofty expectations.

"It's good to set the bar high, so that's what I'm chasing after," Lonzo said, before adding that he's also confident in his abilities, but his dad is "just a little louder than I am."

When asked about Big Baller Brand's $495 ZO2 sneakers, LaVar inserted that anyone who isn't "dedicated and disciplined enough to go do whatever to get the shoes" isn't a true "Big Baller." He suggested customers "collect bottles for a year or two" to afford them, which drew a chuckle from DeGeneres.

Although Lonzo said he hopes one day to play professionally with his brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo, he's not worried about losing to either of his younger siblings.

"It's never happened," Lonzo said, "so I don't know."

[Ellen DeGeneres Show]