Everyone immediately made jokes about it the moment LaMelo Ball was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets: now, we can finally get that LaVar Ball and Michael Jordan one-on-one the father of LaMelo, LiAngelo and Lonzo has been talking about for years.
Of course, now that Jordan is LaMelo’s boss, that would be super awkward, right? And maybe LaVar can move on from that silliness FINALLY?
Apparently not. In an ESPN story about the Ball family’s draft night night on Wednesday, LaVar addressed the idea of facing the GOAT and allowing it to be watched by fans, which would be must-see television:
LaVar, quiet no longer, is accepting congratulations and telling the room, “Tell MJ: Here we come! Tell MJ we’re coming!” LaVar punctuates his proclamations by raising both arms in the air. Michael Jordan, the man LaVar famously claimed he could beat in a one-on-one, is the owner of the Hornets and now his son’s boss. LaVar tells me the world might finally get to see that one-on-one, but first he has to discuss the business side with Jordan: pay-per-view, guaranteed money, that kind of thing. He laughs and says, “Hey, if people are willing to pay to see 50-year-old Mike Tyson fight, why not?” He likes the idea of Jordan guiding his son. “Greatness recognizes greatness,” he says. “I always told my boys, ‘Someone has to be better than the best — why not you?’”
Normally, I’d say, c’mon this is ridiculous. But … like you, I would love to see Jordan annihilate the elder Ball in a game.