It appears LaVar Ball gets his boisterous nature from his family.
The father of the Big Baller Brand entrepreneur spoke to TMZ Sports over the weekend, backing up LaVar’s claim that he would have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one.
“Yes. When he was younger and he was 6’6″, 270 [pounds], I would’ve put him against anybody,” Ball’s father said when asked if LaVar could beat M.J.
LaVar Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, said he would beat Jordan one-on-one multiple times in the months before last Thursday’s NBA draft.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,” Ball told USA Today’s Josh Peter. “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.
“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.”
LaVar played one season of college basketball at Washington State, averaging 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists. He also played at West Los Angeles College and Cal State Los Angeles, where he had greater success.
The Ball family patriarch found his greatest professional success as a football player, spending one season with the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football and playing on multiple NFL practice squads. Listed at 6’6″ and 270 pounds, LaVar has consistently said his size advantage would make him a favorite against Jordan.
“He too small, he too little,” LaVar said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “If you weighing 210 pounds, we playing one-on-one – you know I’m undefeated one-on-one? I don’t lose one-on-one. … If he played me one-on-one he’d cry.”
While this is perhaps the most outlandish of LaVar’s claims, it’s hard to argue with his success rate in recent months. He spent the entirety of Lonzo’s life saying he would play at UCLA and go on to play for the Lakers, and then he watched as it all fell into place. For all of the mocking about the price point, Big Baller Brand is becoming something nearing a household name.
LaVar has also become an increasingly prominent name in his own right, able to land autograph deals and become a near-constant presence on sports programming.
So is he really that far off in saying he could beat M.J.? (Yes, yes he is.)
Source: Bleacher Report
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