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What’s Bruin: LaVar Ball Says Lonzo Will Be Better than Steph Curry in the NBA

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LaVar Ball is at it again. In his—I guess—now regular Skype session with TMZ Sports, the father of UCLA star freshman point guard Lonzo Ball continues to generate clicks for TMZ, myriad other sports news sites, and hey, even this one.

This time Papa Ball said that when Lonzo’s NBA career is all said and done, he’d be better than Steph Curry.

Here’s the video:

LaVar batted down comparisons to Jason Kidd (Lonzo’s taller!), too.

You do you, LaVar—I just want to Beat ‘sc.

Okay well speaking of Steph, from Clay Fowler at Inside UCLA, Steve Alford is okay with Lonzo taking shots from Steph Curry range.

Twenty-six games into his college career, Ball is shooting 43 percent from 3-point range. Steve Alford learned of Ball’s penchant for 3-pointers from NBA range and beyond while recruiting him at Chino Hills High School more than three years ago. The UCLA coach never tried to rein in his freshman point guard, said he never had a reason to.

"As far out as they can go to where they consistently make them, I’m fine with," Alford said. "Lonzo has always had that ability. He’s kind of grown up in high school and he’s had that ability. Now you’ve got to pick and choose and I think he’s done a very good job this year of understanding the ebb and flow of the game of when to do that and when not to do it."

By the way, Steph is currently making 41% if his threes this season.

Baseball

Thuc Nhi Nguyen at the OC Register previews the upcoming 2017 baseball season for the Bruins.

And more here, the no-frills key stats and info.

Softball

The #6-ranked Bruins split their double-header against the Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday night, winning the first, and dropping the second contest, which lasted 11 innings.

Men’s Volleyball

The Bruins lost a five-set match to Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night in Pauley Pavilion.

The #5 Bruins will play host to #2 Long Beach State on Saturday.

This Week in Rankings

Here are your currently ranked UCLA teams:

GO BRUINS.