“That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate."
LaVar Ball, the 49-year old father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball and high school phenoms LiAngelo and LaMelo, recently sat down for an interview with USA Today Sports and, as always, he had plenty to say.
But this time he wasn't just gassing up his highly touted sons, he was jawing about his own game as well.
For instance, he said, "Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one."
Per USA Today,
“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,’’ Ball said. “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.’’
“Now in a game of five-on-five, (Jordan) might do some damage, but I’m going to do some damage too,’’ Ball added.
The Ball patriarch also told USA Today that he's looking to package his three sons for a marketing deal with Nike, Adidas, or even Under Armour as long as they can come up with the 1 BILLION DOLLAR tag he's hanging over their heads.
“A billion dollars, it has to be there,’’ Ball said. “That’s our number, a billion, straight out of the gate. And you don’t even have to give it to me all up front. Give us $100 mil over 10 years.’’
LaVar, a self-employed personal trainer, also spoke about giving his kids $100,000 BMWs thanks to all of the scholarship money he and his wife, a middle school physical education teacher, are saving.
“To get my boys a little $100,000 car, that’s nothing,’’ he said. “I don’t have to pay for education. I’m saving over $1 million dollars.’’
He's not exactly saving $1 million since tuition at UCLA for in-state residents is $34,000 a year, and his sons will all likely be one and done, but you get his point.
You can read his full interview with USA Today right here.