• LaVar Ball said that in his heyday, Zion Williamson will not beat him one-on-one
  • He also blamed his former college coach for not playing him before which resulted to his 2.2 PPG output
  • His youngest son LaMelo is one of the names that I expected to become the top number one pick in the upcoming draft

LaVar Ball is back on the headlines now that the NBA is on a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak and once again, he backed down another claim why he neva lost one-on-one.

The outspoken father of the Ball brothers made bold claims about his basketball skills and, probably, the most popular of them all was his statement saying that he can beat Michael Jordan one-on-one. In a three-year-old interview by USA Today, the 52-year old Ball said that Jordan, who is considered to be the best player to ever play the game, will have a hard time playing against him one on one.

“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ said LaVar. “He cannot stop me one-on-one. He better make every shot because he can’t go around me,” he added.

“He’s not fast enough. And he can only make so many shots outside before I make every bucket under the rim."

Three years removed from that statement, Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” podcast brought LaVar on to one of their episodes and made another claim that he would beat the current number one pick Zion Williamson when asked if he can beat the highlight-reel partner of his son Lonzo with the New Orleans Pelicans.

“Stop it. I’ll murder that boy. He too small…he too slow. I’m way too fast for that boy,” said the Big Baller Brand CEO. “He’s a youngster man. My prime time I would kill him. I’m way too strong and fast.”

He also shared the possibility of him guarding the former Kentucky star if their college playing years just matched. “Well definitely if I had a different coach he’d be struggling against me. But with Kelvin Sampson? Oh he would kill us,” said LaVar of his former coach at Washington State, where he averaged 2.2 points per game.

“If I played longer, they would have been winners. But that’s on the fact that he wanted to show how tough he is and not play a stallion. You have to let a stallion loose. And that’s why their record was terrible.”

Right now, the Big Baller is focused on the relaunch of their family brand and is bracing the possibility of his youngest son, LaMelo, of becoming the first overall pick in this upcoming draft. Lonzo was the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers while LiAngelo, the middle son, went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft but is now with Oklahoma City Blue in the G-League.

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LaVar Ball apparently sent president Trump multiple pairs of his Big Baller Brand basketball sneakers. Getty Images