LaVar Ball Launches Multiple Air Balls, Loses Shooting Contest To Ice Cube

Bryan Brandom
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It’s not quite messing around and getting a triple-double, but Sunday was a good day for Ice Cube on the basketball court.

After some jawing through social media, the rapper finally met LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, for a shooting contest.

The shootout came at halftime of a game in the BIG3 basketball league, which is helmed by Ice Cube himself. The two were shooting four-pointers—from a spot 30 feet from the basket, straight on, where shots in Ice Cube’s three-on-three league are worth, you guessed it, four points.

Ball launched four air balls and managed to put just one through—despite most of his shots coming from in front of the designated shooting spot.

Ball seemed surprised after he fell to the rapper, 2-1, but the PA announcer set him straight.

“That was Cube’s ball,” the announcer said of one of Ice Cube’s makes, which was knocked in by a Ball shot. “That was Cube’s ball, LaVar.”

Before the shootout, Ball told HoopJab’s Neal Anthony Johnson he “usually [goes] from the seven-point line.”

Ball’s less-than-stellar game has been routinely clowned by NBA fans and players alike ever since he claimed to be able to beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one. He averaged 2.2 points per game in his brief college career, and looked rather unskilled in a recently uncovered video of one of his rec league games.

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