LaVar Ball Says Michael Jordan Isn't a 1-on-1 Player, Talks Reality Show, More

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMarch 29, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 01:  LaVar Ball attends the game between the UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies at Pauley Pavilion on March 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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LaVar Ball's quest to build the biggest sports empire in the world continues, as the outspoken father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball focused on Michael Jordan during an appearance on FS1's Undisputed

Speaking to Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, Ball let the world know in a one-on-one scenario he would be the "champ of the world." 

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"Michael Jordan is not a one-on-one player... All he can do is foul me to stop me." — LaVar Ball on a matchup with MJ https://t.co/7itU2OPpYZ

Ball is certainly becoming a controversial figure in the sports world because of his oversized and outspoken personality. 

The former Washington State forward previously called out Jordan in an interview with Jose Peter of USA Today:

Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one. ... 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.

Ball has also drawn the ire of Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who offered a challenge of his own during an appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike (via Gabrielle McMillen of the Sporting News): 

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?

Ball is getting media attention because he will make outlandish comments on air, which in turn makes it easier for networks to generate eyeballs and get people talking about them. He's trying to sell a brand from the ground up and understands how business works in 2017. 


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