Charles Barkley Challenges LaVar Ball to 1-on-1 After Michael Jordan Comments

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 15, 2017

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The war of words between LaVar Ball and Charles Barkley continues to escalate, with Barkley challenging Ball to a game of one-on-one.

Barkley made his challenge Wednesday during an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike (via ESPN.com):

Once I found out he averaged two points a game [in college]. ... Listen, you need to slow your roll. He says I didn't win a championship. I said to myself, 'I need to go back and Google this guy, because maybe I missed the Ball era, when he was dominating and winning championships everywhere else.' Listen, I'm too old and fat to play basketball, but I'll challenge Mr. Ball to a one-on-one. How about that?

I don't even know how old he is -- he's got to be around my age -- but no guy who averaged two points a game can beat me at one-on-one. I'm positive of that.

Ball has been making the media rounds for months to hype up all of his basketball-playing sons, particularly UCLA star guard Lonzo Ball. He also generated more headlines earlier this week by calling out Michael Jordan.

“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," Ball told Josh Peter of USA Today. “He cannot stop me one-on-one."

After catching wind of Barkley's challenge during an appearance on SportsCenter, Ball had a response ready to go, per ESPN.com.

"He wants to play one-and-one and all this, and he says I averaged two points, 'Who cares?'" he said. "... I know he don't want to play one-on-one because he's too big. He better stay behind that TNT thing ... and eat them doughnuts."

Barkley and Ball have been jawing back and forth ever since the Basketball Hall of Famer had a heated response to Ball saying Lonzo will be better than Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry

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"You can't say a guy is going to be better than Steph Curry, a guy who has played 30 college games," Barkley told Sean Deveney of Sporting News. "I know you can be proud of your son, but at some point, it becomes stupidity."

Barkley played 16 NBA seasons, averaging 22.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. He was an 11-time All-Star and the 1993 NBA MVP. Ball played 26 games at Washington State during the 1987-88 season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. 

Neither former athlete is in peak physical condition anymore, which may give Ball a better shot at winning this hypothetical one-on-one matchup, but Barkley would've dominated things between the two in their respective primes. 


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