Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan has finally responded to LaVar Ball’s claim that he could beat the retired baller one-on-one, leading Ball to issue yet another headline-grabbing remark that’s even more outlandish than the first.
“C’mon, I didn’t even play basketball in the pros and they’re talking about me and Michael Jordan,” Ball tells The Really Big Show on ESPN 850 per Sports Illustrated Tuesday, Aug. 1 of Jordan’s response before chalking it up as “all entertainment.” “That’s what I’m talking about. He tells me he can beat me with one leg. Well, guess what: I can beat him with one hand. Now we both look like we out there like we can’t play.”
During a Q&A session at the Michael Jordan Flight School camp Monday, July 31, Jordan responded to Ball’s statement that in his prime, he “would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.”
“You got to understand the source,” Jordan said to the Santa Barbara, Calif., crowd, according to The Washington Post. “I think he played college, maybe? He averaged 2.2 points a game. Really? It doesn’t deserve a response, but I’m gonna give it to you because you asked the question: I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”
Ball had bragged about how he could ensure he would win against Jordan, telling USA Today Sports he “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.”
On Twitter, users celebrated Jordan’s witty response to Ball.
Michael Jordan to Lavar Ball pic.twitter.com/zFWOtlMGaW
— Medium Rare (@StickAForkInYou) August 1, 2017
When LaVar Ball says he could beat Michael Jordan one on one and even challenged him pic.twitter.com/Rzfs8NGWRM
— Chris (@Sports_FanChris) August 2, 2017
Some saw it as a win for the outspoken NBA dad.
Jordan responded to Lavar ball about him beating him in a 1 on 1 😂😭😂😭😂 Lavar ball wins again
— Spank Horton (@SpankHorton) August 1, 2017
Lavar is a genius. Got Michael Freaking Jordan to talk about him. Unreal https://t.co/bZXFZufNum
— 🍒Joe L. Kinsley🍒 (@imjoekin) August 1, 2017
LaVar Ball really had Shaq drop a diss record towards him and Michael Jordan respond to him, this man is winning right now
— Okera J (@OkeraJ) August 2, 2017
Ball’s Big Baller Brand had this to say in response.
Michael, you vs Lavar | 1 v 1 | you with 1 leg, Lavar with 1 arm. Has to be on Pay-Per-View. Let's make it happen. YOU WON'T. pic.twitter.com/F5jw4Fu1l5
— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) August 1, 2017
And folks chimed in on how the match would turn out.
— Chris Walder Frey (@WalderSports) August 1, 2017
Michael Jordan would stir fry LaVar Ball 1 on 1 😂😂
— Gilbert Arenas (@GilbertAgent0) August 1, 2017
Not convinced LaVar could beat Adonis Jordan.
— Russ Bengtson (@russbengtson) August 1, 2017