LaVar Ball is the country's most prominent Sports Dad. This isn't necessarily a good thing.
Ball, the father of UCLA hoops star Lonzo Ball, has repeatedly pushed himself into the news cycle of late with a series of audacious statements. Some greatest hits: My Lonzo will only play for the Lakers.My three sons will sign packaged shoe deal worth $1 billion. And then there's my personal favorite: I could have lit up Michael Jordan in my athletic prime.
If Chuck Barkley thinks you talk too much, it may be time to rein it in a bit.
"Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one," Ball told USA Today this week ahead of the NCAA Tournament where UCLA is the No. 3 seed in the South. "I would just back him 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."
Ball played collegiately for Washington State and averaged 2.2 points, 2.3 rebounds per game during the 1987-88 season. At the same time Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player in the world. One wonders if Ball's sons would ante up $1 billion to get dad to stop talking.