Charlotte, NC – Now that Lamelo Ball is a member of the Charlotte Hornets, some basketball fans are hoping that the 1-on-1 game between his open father Laver and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan will actually pay off.
Ball, ranked 3rd overall by Jordan Hornets, told his introductory news conference at the Spectrum Center on Friday that “I don’t think this is going to happen.”
“To be honest I think we know how it’s going to change,” Ball said with a smile.
When asked to elaborate, Ball said, “Okay, I understand that my pops and my boss, so I’m on both sides now.”
Laver Ball turned his head when he told USA Today Sports in 2017 He “kills” Jordan in a game with each other. In his prime. While playing in Washington State, the ball averaged 2.2 points, while Jordan was a 14-time NBA All-Star and a 10-time scoring champion.
Jordan addressed these comments at his flight school basketball camp six months later, saying, “You have to understand the source.”
“He played, I think, college, maybe?” Said Jordan. “He averaged 2.2 points per game. Really? It doesn’t respect the answer, but I’m going to give it to you because you asked the question. I don’t think he can hit me if I have one leg.”
After he was drafted by the Hornets on Wednesday night, Ball said the chance to play for Jordan was a “simple blessing”.