LaVar Ball is one proud dad, there is no disputing that. And like any good dad, he thinks the most of his children, who are in their own right really are some studs on the basketball court. But the elder Ball also thinks he would have some game and could not only go toe-to-toe with the arguably the greatest player to ever play the sport, but dominate him.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ Ball said in a USA Today interview.
And yes, he is talking about that Michael Jordan, and not Michael B. Jordan.
“I would just back (Jordan) in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left,” Ball said. “He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot ’cause he can’t go around me. He’s not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim.”
First of all, kudos to USA Today for getting the chance to profile one of the top parents that will be captured on the screen during the NCAA Tournament (as long as UCLA is playing). Second of all, it couldn’t have taken much to get Ball to open his mouth, because he’s been doing plenty of that in recent months. Regardless, would Ball really have what it takes to go up against Air Jordan in a one-on-one matchup?
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All I know is Jordan proved over a long stretch he was the most dominant player in the NBA, and Ball averaged 2.2 points per game in his college career at Washington State. I know who I’d be taking in a game of one-on-one.
And then there’s the topic of Ball’s three sons, UCLA scoring machine Lonzo and high schoolers LiAngelo and LaMelo, both UCLA commits. When talking about a potential shoe deal, Ball wants to package the trio in exchange for an eye-popping $1 billion contract.
“A billion dollars, it has to be there,” Ball said. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.”
I’m sure that’ll end up happening. Nike, Under Armour, adidas, and any other company interested must be rolling their eyes at the elder Ball’s comments.