It was the saying heard around the globe when heavily opinionated LaVar Ball said that he could beat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one contest.
Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo, was, and still is adamant that he could beat Jordan, for whom many consider the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball.
Why is he so adamant? Simply put: he’s bigger and stronger than Jordan.
“He too small, he too little,” LaVar said of Jordan on Jimmy Kimmel back in June.
“If you weighing 210 pounds, we playing 1-on-1 – you know I’m undefeated 1-on-1? I don’t lose 1-on-1. … If he played me 1-on-1 he’d cry.”
It caused widespread criticism of LaVar, a walking advertising board of Lonzo Ball, and head coach of an AAU high school team that features his youngest son LaMelo. Recently, LaVar came under more criticism for getting constant technical fouls and disagreeing with every call that went against his side to the point where he forced his team off the court and got a referee changed.
LaVar certainly has a high opinion of his abilities and while he has done a tremendous job of preparing his sons for the next level in regards to the coaching and mentoring side, his over-the-top fantasy predictions are just that: fantasy.
Despite his claim that he would make Jordan cry, the six-time NBA Champion and Finals MVP has remained quiet until the legend finally responded, addressing Ball’s comments at the Jordan Flight School basketball camp this week.
“I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged,” Jordan says to a round of applause, only after mentioning that the comment doesn’t even deserve a response.
Jordan also makes fun of Ball’s college average of 2.2 points per game at the basketball camp.
It’s certainly no secret that most betting companies would give better odds for England winning the FIFA World Cup than LaVar conquering MJ, but anything to promote Big Baller Brand.