LaVar Ball, Father of Top NBA Prospect Lonzo Ball: ‘I Would Kill Michael Jordan 1-on-1’

Bryan Brandom
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LaVar Ball has already said his son, UCLA freshman guard and projected top-three pick in this year's NBA draft Lonzo Ball, will be a better NBA player than Stephen Curry and Jason Kidd.

And apparently he's not even close to done making outlandish comments about who's better than whom—he recently said he would've easily beaten Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one in their athletic primes.

“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,” LaVar told USA Today.

Ball was an all-conference performer back in college … in Division II with Cal State Los Angeles. He transferred there from Washington State, where he barely saw the floor, averaging 2.2 points per game in 1987-88.

Those credentials pale next to Jordan's five NBA MVPs, six rings, and 10 All-NBA First Team selections. During Ball's lone year at Washington State, the Chicago Bulls star led the NBA in points and steals per game (35 and 3.1). Still, LaVar is undaunted.

“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.”

According to Sports Reference, LaVar was 6'6" in college, the same height as Jordan. No amount of extra weight on His Airness could compensate for his otherworldly skills.

If you think you've heard the last of LaVar, think again. It won't even stop with Lonzo—he has two brothers in high school, senior LiAngelo and LaMelo, a sophomore who recently scored 92 points in a game.

Both of Lonzo's brothers have signed to play college ball at UCLA as well.