Michael Jordan puts loud-mouth NBA dad in his place

Ben Rohrbach | Ball Don't Lie

Michael Jordan has stayed silent as LaVar Ball continues to claim he would beat the six-time NBA champ one-on-one, because, well, the greatest player ever need not respond to such ridiculousness.

But since he was asked the question by a camper at his annual Flight School in Santa Barbara, California, he had to respond.

"You've got to understand the source," Jordan told a crowded gym.

"He played, I think, college, maybe? He averaged, like, 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn't dignify an answer, but I'm going to give it to you, because you asked the question: I don't think he could beat me if I was one-legged."

Jordan and Ball. Image: Getty

Well, then, I guess Jordan's answer is pretty much the same as everyone else's.

LaVar, the blowhard father of No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, claimed to USA Today in March, "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."

Again on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" during the NBA Finals, LaVar doubled down on the nonsense, "You know it's real, too. He's too small. He's too little. If you're weighing 210 pounds, we're playing one-on-one — you know I'm undefeated one-on-one, I don't never lose one-on-one — if he played me, he would cry."

LaVar has also said he and his teenage son LaMelo would beat Jordan and LeBron James in two-on-two.

"Look, every parent is very proud of their kids," Jordan said when asked for his take on the Balls.

"I don't discourage that. I think the kid is really good. I think he has the potential to be a good player. His father is very proud of him — of all his kids, I would assume — like any father would be proud of their kids, but I would say, if I had to sit down and talk to him right now, if he was here, I would tell him to shut up and let the kids play."

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