De’Aaron Fox dominated Lonzo Ball in NCAA tournament to ‘shut Lavar Ball up’

De’Aaron Fox drives to the basket against Lonzo Ball (2) during the 2017 NCAA tournament. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

LaVar Ball’s incessant boasting, both about himself and his son Lonzo, has earned him plenty of attention, not to mention free advertising for his nascent athletic-apparel company. However, his stream of outlandish comments has also garnered criticism that he is putting an unnecessary amount of pressure on his son to succeed in the NBA and live up to all the hype.

In fact, some NBA figures have already claimed that Lonzo Ball will enter the league with a “target” on him, as a result of his father’s headline-grabbing talk. According to De’Aaron Fox, another prospect expected to be an early pick in next week’s draft, LaVar Ball has already been an on-court problem for his son.

Fox dominated Ball during the NCAA tournament in March, when the former’s Kentucky Wildcats ousted the UCLA Bruins, 86-75, in the Sweet 16. Fox scored 39 points, an NCAA tournament freshman record, on just 20 shots, while hounding Ball into a 10-point outing, on 4-of-10 shooting.

A horde of NBA scouts and executives attended that contest, so in addition to helping his team advance in the

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