Ice Cube Beats LaVar Ball in BIG3 #4PointChallenge Bet at Staples Center

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2017

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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/dh9TNa0D4M

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:

Ice Cube @icecube

Callin out @Lavarbigballer for @thebig3 #4pointchallenge! Make the 30ft shot and I'll cop 10 pairs of #bigballerbrand. https://t.co/G40O28qbYC

Ball formally accepted Friday:

Lavar Ball @Lavarbigballer

Challenge accepted @icecube , see you Sunday at the staples center! #bigballerbrand https://t.co/6IJPj55myA

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.


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