Ball beat­ing Jor­dan 1-on-1? Not a leg to stand on

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

Bom­bas­tic sports dad LaVar Ball picked the wrong tar­get for some of his blus­ter: Don’t go af­ter Michael Jor­dan, par­tic­u­larly on the sub­ject of one-on-one basketball.

Ball, fa­ther of Los An­ge­les Lak­ers rookie Lonzo Ball, boasted he would have beaten Jor­dan — ar­guably the great­est player in NBA his­tory — in Jor­dan’s prime.

A camper this week asked Jor­dan, who now owns the Char­lotte Hor­nets, if Ball could beat him. Jor­dan let loose:

“I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged,” Jor­dan said dur­ing a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion at one of his Flight School basketball camps in Cal­i­for­nia.

That wasn’t all Jor­dan said of Ball. “You got to un­der­stand the source,” Jor­dan said of Ball. “I think he played col­lege (ball), maybe? He av­er­aged 2.2 points a game. Re­ally?”

Jor­dan was re­fer­ring to Ball’s one sea­son play­ing basketball for Wash­ing­ton State. Ball also played some mi­nor-league foot­ball, plus prac­tice-squad stints with the NFL New York Jets and Carolina.

Dur­ing Lonzo’s one sea­son at UCLA, Ball said his son was bet­ter than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry. He upped the hype later, say­ing Lonzo was also bet­ter than LeBron James and Rus­sell West­brook.

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