Jordan grabbed a microphone on the basketball court for a question-and-answer period Monday during a Flight School camp in the Bay Area. He used that time to answer questions about wide-ranging topics. But one question in particular prompted Jordan to respond.
Jordan, who’s won six NBA championships and has been named the MVP five times, called LaVar’s claim that he could beat him ridiculous.
“You got to understand the source,” Jordan said. “I think he played college, maybe? He averaged 2.2 points a game. Really?”
The former University of North Carolina star wasn’t done criticizing LaVar, who’s the father of UCLA star and Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball.
“It doesn’t deserve a response, but I’m going to give it to you because you asked the question,” Jordan said. “I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”
Watch a video of Jordan going off below:
LaVar’s become known for his eye-opening statements ever since Lonzo took the court at UCLA. Perhaps none were more headline-worthy than his claim that he could “seriously” beat Jordan.
“Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,” LaVar said to USA Today back in March. “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.
“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.”
As Jordan alluded to in his comments, LaVar played basketball at Washington State University, averaging just 2 points per game before transferring Cal State — Los Angeles, a Division II school. He earned All-Conference honors at the school in 1990.
However, Jordan’s resume might be just a bit more worthwhile.