Michael Jordan
via Bryan Horowitz / CC-BY-2.0

LaVar Ball has made headlines over claims he could beat the legendary Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one. Well, MJ has responded… and he’s sure he’d win.

During his Flight School basketball camp Monday (July 31), Jordan said he’d beat LaVar in a one-on-one game… even “if I was one-legged.”

“You got to understand the source. I think he played college, maybe?” Jordan told campers at his Flight School basketball camp Monday. “He averaged 2.2 points a game. Really?”

“It doesn’t deserve a response, but I’m [going to] give it to you because you asked the question. I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.”

Back in March, LaVar made the claim that he’d “kill” Jordan in a game… even in his heyday.

“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 told USA Today. “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.”

MJ did his homework, apparently, because Ball did average just 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds a game in the 1987-88 season at Washington State, before he transferred to a smaller school seeking more playing time. While he was in college, Jordan averaged an NBA-leading 35.0 points for the Chicago Bulls.

On Tuesday (Aug. 1), Ball called Jordan’s respond “entertainment.”

“Look at everybody, man. Everybody used to say, ‘You know, I think Wilt Chamberlain is better than Shaq; I think Oscar Robertson is better than LeBron.’ Now the story is LaVar is better than Michael Jordan,” Ball said. “C’mon, I didn’t even play basketball in the pros and they’re talking about me and Michael Jordan. That’s what I’m talking about. He tells me he can beat me with one leg. Well, guess what: I can beat him with one hand. Now we’re both … looking like we can’t play.”