When the Charlotte Hornets drafted LaMelo Ball with the third overall pick in the 2020 draft, everyone wanted to know how owner Michael Jordan would get along with LaVar Ball. The outspoken father of Lonzo and LaMelo Ball previously said he could beat Jordan in a game of one-on-one.
The Hornets are 6-9 through their first 25 games. While LaMelo Ball has played well for a rookie, LaVar Ball isn’t happy and is already saying outlandish things Michael Jordan can’t be happy about.
LaMelo Ball talked about Michael Jordan and LaVar Ball possibly playing against each other
At his introductory press conference, LaMelo Ball was asked if LaVar Ball and Michael Jordan would play each other in a one-on-one game. The Hornets point guard said everyone knows how the matchup would turn out, but since LaVar is his dad and Jordan is his boss, he couldn’t pick a winner.
Jordan would destroy LaVar in a one-on-one game. LaMelo knows that, but he can’t admit it publicly since LaVar is his dad and has done so much for him over the years.
LaMelo, the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans star Lonzo Ball, played 12 games in the NBL last season before suffering a foot injury that forced him to end his campaign early. He averaged 17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game in the NBL.
In the post-Kemba Walker era, Michael Jordan needed to draft an electric player who would draw eyes toward the team. The Chicago Bulls legend found that player in LaMelo Ball, who has always put on a show and is a great fit next to Devonte’ Graham.
LaMelo Ball has made Michael Jordan proud thus far
Through his first 15 games in the NBA, LaMelo Ball is averaging 11.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists while shooting 40.4% from the field, 32.4% from beyond the arc, and 69.0% from the free-throw line. Thus far, Michael Jordan looks like a smart guy for picking LaMelo.
On Jan. 9 against the Atlanta Hawks, LaMelo became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. The youngster is only 19-years-old and already has a great feel for the NBA game.
LaVar Ball did a tremendous job raising his sons. He deserves a lot of credit for instilling confidence in them to get to the NBA.
Unfortunately, LaVar Ball’s hot takes always outweigh the positive things he does. He recently complained about the Hornets in an interview with TMZ, putting Michael Jordan and LaMelo Ball in an uncomfortable situation.
LaVar Ball says his son should be starting on the Hornets
LaVar Ball says Michael Jordan and the Hornets should be starting LaMelo Ball instead of bringing his son off the bench. The 53-year-old also made it seem like his son isn’t happy with being a reserve player.
“My thing is he ain’t happy with that, but he ain’t go show that,” LaVar told TMZ Sports. “If I train you to be the best and always been starting all your life — here is what they don’t get. My boys are not freakin’ role players! They superstars! Let them do what they do!”
It’s going to be fascinating to see how this situation plays out in Charlotte.