Like his father LaVar Ball, NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball says he would beat Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one—but unlike his lightning-rod dad, the UCLA point guard didn’t say he’d crush an in-his-prime MJ, but instead insisted he could take His Airness at the Hall of Famer’s current age, 54. Lonzo is 19.
After LaVar doubled down on his Jordan assertion from March—”If he played me he would cry”—on Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the late-night host asked Lonzo how he’d fare against MJ right now:
Kimmel: Could you beat Michael Jordan? I’m not talking about in his prime, I’m talking about now.
Lonzo: Right now?
Kimmel: You could beat Michael Jordan right now?
Since making his initial claim, LaVar has kept Jordan’s name in his mouth. Days later, LaVar included Jordan’s offspring in a list of NBA greats’ sons who “are whack.” Then in May, he told Undisputed that Jordan couldn’t sell $495 shoes “because he ain’t Lonzo Ball.”
But Lonzo and LaVar should ask Michael Kidd-Gilchrist how playing an over-the-hill Jordan worked out for him.