For somebody who once claimed he could've taken Michael Jordan in his prime, LaVar Ball probably should've put together a better effort in a long-range shootout with Ice Cube on Sunday.
The four-point competition came as the BIG3 traveled to Staples Center in Los Angeles for its eighth week of action (h/t Dime Magazine's Oliver Maroney):
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Ice Cube defeats LaVar in the 4-point challenge (via @OMaroneyNBA) https://t.co/dh9TNa0D4M2017-8-14 01:18:12
Prior to taking on Ice Cube, Ball told HoopJab's Neal Anthony Johnson he "usually [goes] from the seven-point line" and responded "do the same thing I taught him" when asked if son LaMelo had offered him any pointers.
Ice Cube laid down the four-point challenge in May, tweeting he'd buy 10 pairs of Big Baller Brand shoes if he lost:
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Callin out @Lavarbigballer for @thebig3 #4pointchallenge! Make the 30ft shot and I'll cop 10 pairs of #bigballerbrand. https://t.co/G40O28qbYC2017-5-24 02:35:40
Ball formally accepted Friday:
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Challenge accepted @icecube , see you Sunday at the staples center! #bigballerbrand https://t.co/6IJPj55myA2017-8-11 20:59:49
Sunday's event allowed fans to see Ball in action—albeit in a limited capacity.
The Big Baller Brand patriarch has talked a big game in the past, telling USA Today's Josh Peter in March that he would've used his post game to out-duel Jordan had he played the six-time NBA champion at his peak.
To be fair to Ball, a four-point competition is a little out of his comfort zone. In his one season with the Washington State Cougars in 1987-88, he attempted one shot from beyond the arc.