Like father, like son.
NBA prospect Lonzo Ball and his loudmouthed dad, LaVar, hopped on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, and while LaVar predictably did most of the talking, Lonzo managed to show that making absurd claims is a family tradition.
LaVar, who said in March that in his prime he’d “kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,” doubled down on the silliness as Kimmel’s guest. That prompted the host to turn the question to the 19-year-old guard out of UCLA.
“Could you beat Michael Jordan?” Kimmel asked. “I’m not talking about in his prime, I’m talking about right now.”
“Right now? Yes,” Lonzo nodded.
“He’ll beat anybody 50 years old,” LaVar added.
There’s no doubt that Lonzo, who’s projected to be a top-two pick in this month’s NBA draft, would have a better shot at beating a 54-year-old Jordan than his dad would.
After all, LaVar, who never played pro basketball, averaged 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds for Washington State University in 1987-88. Jordan, who is widely considered the greatest player of all-time, led the NBA with 35 points per game that same season with the Bulls.
Still, Lonzo may want to play a couple of minutes with the pros before appeasing his dad’s craziness.
In fact, Lonzo was reportedly out of shape at his workout earlier this month with the Lakers, his hopeful suitors who own the draft’s No. 2 pick.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that the team is working on bringing him back for a second workout.
He should be glad Jordan won’t be in attendance.