Michael Jordan on LaVar Ball One-on-One Claim: I’d Beat Him on One Leg

Bryan Brandom
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For some reason, Michael Jordan actually responded to the assertion from LaVar Ball that the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball could beat the Chicago Bulls legend in a game of one-on-one.

Though, in fairness to His Airness, he responded to one of his campers at Flight School in Santa Barbara, California, in a video that surfaced on Monday.

“You’ve got to understand the source,” Jordan told a gym full of basketball camp attendees. “He played, I think, college, maybe? He averaged, like, 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn’t dignify an answer, but I’m going to give it to you, because you asked the question: I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”

In March, Ball gained attention when he said of M.J.: “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.”

Days later, Ball came after Jordan’s sons.

“Here’s the thing, you gotta play the odds and the percentages,” Ball said of the likelihood that a great NBA player would produce another great NBA player. “There’s been a lot of great players, and all of their sons are whack. Kareem’s got sons, Jordan’s got sons, Shaq’s got sons.”

Still, in the same Q-and-A session at Flight School, Jordan was complimentary of Lonzo’s game—while also critical of LaVar’s bombastic promoting of his son.

“Look, every parent is very proud of their kids,” Jordan said when asked for his take on the Balls. “I don’t discourage that. I think the kid is really good. I think he has the potential to be a good player. His father is very proud of him — of all his kids, I would assume — like any father would be proud of their kids, but I would say, if I had to sit down and talk to him right now, if he was here, I would tell him to shut up and let the kids play.”

In response to Jordan’s prediction of a one-legged victory, LaVar extended a challenge via Big Baller Brand‘s social media.

Don’t bite, Mike.

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