Charles Barkley Says LaVar Ball Needs To Shut Up, Will Play Him 1-On-1
Listen, the truth is that LaVar Ball's three talented basketball sons haven't really done anything yet. Lonzo, a standout guard at UCLA, and LiAngleo and LaMelo, both still in high school at Chino Hills, CA (senior and freshman respectively) have bright futures, but you know how that goes.
Ask Todd Marinovich.
But LaVar Ball, their dad, is convinced they're going to be NBA supertars. He's already touting their brand (he sees a shoe empire, for one thing), and among his attention-grabbing family boasts is that, in his heydey, he could have "beaten Michael Jordan one-one-one."
Charles Barkley talks for a living now, and is friends with Jordan. And he said recently that Ball needs to shut up. Barkley:
"Once I found out he averaged two points a game [IN COLLEGE]. ... Listen, you need to slow your roll," Barkley said of Ball. "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?"
Indeed, while playing for Washington State in 1987-88, the elder Ball averaged 2.2 points and 1.0 assists per game.
Brian Quinnett, a teammate of Ball's on the 1987-88 Washington State team, told TMZ the notion of Ball beating Jordan:
"It's laughable. The stats speak for themselves."
A backlash to his boastful antics is already beginning at UCLA, where both of his younger sons have already committed.
How long before Bruins head coach Steve Alford -- not exactly a boastful player at Indiana in the '80s -- puts a gag order on his most mouthy parent?
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