Surprise: Michael Jordan does not assume LaVar Ball might beat him during a game of one-on-one.
On Monday, 5 months once the outspoken father of la Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball created the ridiculous claim that he would “kill” Jordan back in his “heyday,” Jordan responded throughout a Q&A session at his basketball camp in California.
“You’ve got to understand the source,” Jordan said. “He played, I think, college, maybe? He averaged 2.2 points per 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.”
Jordan also took time during the session to discuss Ball’s highly-criticized parenting style.
“Every parent is very proud of their kids. I don’t discourage that,” Jordan said. “I think (Lonzo) 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 very proud of their kids. But I would assume, or I would say, if I had to sit down and talk to him right now … I’d tell him to shut up and just let the kids play.”
The 49-year-old Ball, who has quickly become a household name in the basketball world, isn’t the only one who recently said he could get the best of Jordan. Charlotte Hornets rookie Malik Monk made a similar — albeit much less outlandish — claim on Saturday when discussing a potential one-on-one matchup.
“He’s pretty old right now,” Monk said of Jordan, via The Charlotte Observer. “I think I can get him.”
While he may be 54, it must be noted that Jordan — y’know, the guy who’s widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all-time — beat a 19-year-old Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in a game of one-on-one back in 2013, and we doubt much has changed since then.
“It was hard for me,” Kidd-Gilchrist said at the time. “I lost. He’s the greatest man that ever played the game.”