CHARLOTT, NC – Now that Lamello Ball is a member of the Charlotte Hornets, some basketball fans are hoping a 1-on-1 match will come between his outspoken father Lavar and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan.
But Paul, whom Team Hornets ranked third overall, said during his inaugural press conference Friday at the Spectrum Center that he “didn’t think that would happen.”
“I think we know what it will be like, to be honest,” Paul said with a smile.
When asked to explain in detail, Paul replied, “Well, I mean it’s pops up and my boss, so I’m on both sides now.”
LaVar Ball raised heads when he told USA TODAY Sports in 2017 that He would have “killed” Jordan in a singles match In his youth. The ball averaged 2.2 points while playing in Washington State while Jordan was a 14-time NBA star and 10-time champ.
Jordan spoke of the remarks six months later at the Flying School basketball camp, saying, “You have to understand the source.”
“He played, I think, at university, perhaps?” Jordan said. “He averaged 2.2 points per game. Really? It doesn’t respect an answer, but I’m going to give it to you because you asked the question. I don’t think he could hit me if you were a single man.”
After he was recruited by the Hornets on Wednesday night, Ball said the prospect of playing with Jordan was a “straightforward blessing”.