While that is a statement that few NBA players of his era would daresay, the Ballfather seemed deliriously confident in his game plan to back Jordan down and consistently score on him. Ball even claiming that MJ, one of the best scoring talents in league history, would have a hard time getting through his defense.
Barkley proceeded to ridicule Ball’s obnoxious claims on ESPN’s Mike & Mike, saying one of his mentors had called him asking to “stop arguing with this guy who averages two points a game in college.”
“Do you know how hard it is to average two points? ‘Cause if you explode and get 10, your average would be five,” said Barkley eliciting laughter from the hosts. “For you to average two point a game, you’re just an awful player. You have to be flat-out awful to average two points for a season.”
This is hardly the first wild, unsubstantiated claim Mr. Ball has made since getting traction from the media, going at lengths to say his son Lonzo, a UCLA freshman, is a better player than back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry.
“I think he just loves the attention,” added Barkley. “You gotta understand they probably weren’t interviewing guys that averaged two points a game in college. So now he’s getting his interviews in. Everybody’s gonna put him on (the air) because he says catchy stuff.”
“I think his kid is probably the No. 1 player in the draft and I wish he would let his kid shine. Once I found out he averaged two points a game, listen; you need to slow your roll.”
“I said to myself — ‘maybe I need to google this guy, ’cause maybe I missed the Ball era where he was dominating guys and winning championships.”
Barkley’s relentless double slice of humble pie for the UCLA star’s father didn’t stop there, going as far as to challenge him into a mano-a-mano, despite clearly being out of playing shape.
“I’m too old and fat to play basketball, but I would challenge Mr. Ball to a one-on-one,” said a chuckling Barkley. “Ain’t no guy that averages two points per game can beat me.”
People on Twitter are already chomping at the bit to see this happen.
Barkley challenging Lavar Ball to 1-on-1 is hilarious.
Lavar gonna ask TNT for $500mil to make it happen.
— EJ (@ejaguado) March 15, 2017