LaVar Ball, the confident father of teenage basketball prospects Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo, recently told USA Today's Josh Peter he "would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one" back in his prime.
"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," said Ball, who stands 6'6". "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."
This laughable comment led to much laughter.
Count Le'Veon Bell among those not buying the outlandish claim. The Pittsburgh Steelers running back called out Ball for besmirching the L.B. initials in a series of tweets that referenced his uninspiring numbers as a reserve for Washington State.
To be fair, Bell sold Ball short. He averaged 2.2 points per game during the 1987-88 season, per Sports Reference. He also shot a hearty 45 percent from the free-throw line.
Nevertheless, Bell isn't going out on a limb with the hot take that a man with a brief, uninspiring collegiate career indeed could not beat the greatest basketball player of all time.
[Le'Veon Bell, h/t For The Win]