LaVar Ball said he could beat Michael Jordan 1-on-1. Jordan respectfully disagrees.
One of the more prominent story-lines of 2017 has been emergence of the LaVar Ball brand. He’s become known as a boisterous person, who isn’t scared or shy to whatever he feels to whomever. Whether it be a media personality, his sons, referees or even NBA players — past or present — Ball has a way of getting himself known and becoming the topic of discussion.
Back in March, Ball told Josh Peter or USA Today he would beat basketball icon Michael Jordan and the matchup would be dominant in his favor: “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.”
“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 added. “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.”
Three months later and the basketball Hall-of-Famer has responded to papa Ball. While at the “Michael Jordan Flight School” in Santa Barbara, California, Jordan relayed his response to Ryne Nelson of Slam Online.
“You got to understand the source. I think he played college, maybe? He averaged 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn’t deserve a response, but I’ma give it to you because you asked the question,” Jordan said. “I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”
Ball did in fact average 2.2 points through 26 games at Washington State. In comparison to Jordan’s 30.1 point per game average in the NBA regular-season through 1,072 games.