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LaMelo Ball's Father LaVar Once Said He'd 'Kill Michael Jordan In A One-On-One'

LaMelo Ball's Father LaVar Once Said He'd 'Kill Michael Jordan In A One-On-One'

Someone needs to make this happen.

Just imagine, LaMelo Ball rocks up to his first day at practise with the Charlotte Hornets and all that anyone cares about is the one-on-one in the carpark between his dad and the team's legendary owner.

I for one would pay to see it.

LaMelo Ball. Credit: PA
LaMelo Ball. Credit: PA
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But let's be real, we all know that it would never happen.

And if it did, the game itself wouldn't last very long at all.

Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. Credit: PA
Charlotte Hornets owner and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan. Credit: PA

In the hours after LaMelo Ball was drafted to the Charlotte Hornets, an old quote resurfaced online which could make things slightly awkward between the 19-year-old and team owner Michael Jordan.

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Ball's father, LaVar has never been one to bite his tongue.

From his wild, outlandish statements to his rather loud nature, LaVar has proven to be TV gold during his sons' emergence in the NBA.

The outspoken father has gone toe-to-toe with the likes of Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman but has also had public spats with Shaquille O'Neil and Magic Johnson.

To put it politely, 53-year-old LaVar was very vocal during his oldest son Lonzo's time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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During that period where it felt like he was on every sports TV station in America, there was one particular moment where his trash-talking antics reached new heights - or lows depending on how you look at it.

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Back in 2017, LaVar told USA TODAY: "Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one."

"I 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.

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"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."

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He then doubled down on that bold claim after appearing on numerous talk shows.

But if you've watched ESPN's docuseries 'The Last Dance', then you'd know how easily MJ holds onto grudges.

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"It doesn't deserve a response, but I'm (going to) give it to you because you asked the question," Jordan told CBS Sports.

"I don't think he could beat me if I was one-legged."

Now as much as we'd like to see it, it's highly doubtful that LaVar and MJ would ever take each other on in a one-on-one.

As for LaMelo, you can probably imagine he'd feel a tad awkward meeting his new boss for the first time given everything his dad had said about him.

All that aside, it was actually MJ who gave Hornets officials the green light to draft the former NBL fan favourite.

After all, it seems 'The GOAT' can let go of grudges - especially if it puts him any closer to winning another Championship.

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Topics: Basketball, Basketball News, NBA, Michael Jordan, Australia

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.