LaVar Ball, the controversially-entertaining father of UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball, is back with another wildly unfounded claim, saying he would’ve killed none other than Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ said the 49-year-old brash-mouthed basketball dad who stands at a similar 6-foot-6 frame while weighing 270 pounds, according to Josh Peter of USA TODAY Sports.
“I would just back (Jordan) in and lift him off the ground and call a foul every time he fouls me when I do a jump hook to the right or the left.” “He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot ’cause he can’t go around me. He’s not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim.”
While no one knows just how long he’s spent fabricating this fantasy of his, one thing is sure — the Ball family does not lack any confidence, and that all starts with their hype-loving father.
“Now in a game of five-on-five, (Jordan) might do some damage, but I’m going to do some damage too,’” said Ball.
Jordan was a McDonald’s All-American, an ACC Freshman of the Year at North Carolina, then NCAA All-American his sophomore and junior seasons, before being drafted third by the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and becoming a 14-time All-Star, and having one of the most decorated careers in NBA history.
Ball has yet to mention any of his accolades aside from coaching his three kids that seem to boast great potential to play the game at a high level.
While many say his level of confidence may have surpassed that of Jordan, let’s get one thing straight — there’s unequivocal confidence that comes from relentless work ethic and dedication, and there’s delusional confidence which is based on illusions of grandeur.
LaVar Ball has clearly fallen in the latter bit.