You won't believe this, basketball friends, but LaVar Ball is back in the news for a seemingly outlandish statement.
This time, the patriarch of the Big Baller Brand is calling out TNT analyst Charles Barkley, claiming he could beat the NBA Hall of Famer in a game of one-on-one.
"He wants to play one-on-one and all this, and he says I averaged two points, who cares? I know he don't want to play one-on-one because he's too big. He better stay behind that TNT thing ... and eat them doughnuts."
Nelly: Charles is simply too out of shape to keep up
NELLY: "Let me first do a disclaimer by saying, the Ball comments, as far as him beating Michael Jordan and all that? I'm totally, totally thrown off. ... Let's just disregard that. I just want to put that disclaimer out there.
"Now, against Charles Barkley? No way that a man who obviously plays more basketball than Barkley's probably played in the past 15, 20 years? This man is in the backyard every day with his boys. His stamina has to be better than what Chuck has been doing. Obviously, Chuck is what, 80 pounds heavier than he was when he played?"
SHANNON: "A hundred."
NELLY: " ... so there's no way. I feel like ... don't discredit Father Time now."
Shannon: Chuck has had major surgery, too
SHANNON: "First of all, I'm going to take LaVar, but let me say this: I do not wish to see two 50-something-year-old men do anything other than play checkers. So that's what I want to see 50-year-old men do.
"LaVar is 6'6", 270. Charles is 6'4" — I'm going to be generous — I'm going to say 340-ish? With a replaced hip two years ago."
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Rob: Stop discounting a Hall of Famer
ROB: "Let me tell you something. You guys are discounting a Hall of Fame basketball player."
NELLY: "The Hall of Famer ain't playing! The TNT analyst is the one playing the game."
ROB: "Now hear me out. If you tell me you're playing a full-court basketball game, then yes, Charles Barkley's not winning a full-court basketball game.
"But one-on-one, where you throw the ball into the post, and you can post up, and Charles Barkley knows all the moves? ... Even at 340 pounds, Charles Barkley has pride. Even with the hip.
"Charles Barkley is not going to let some two-point scorer in college at Washington State beat him in a one-on-one basketball game. I'm all the way in on Charles Barkley."
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Skip: LaVar Ball was a better basketball player than you think
SKIP: "Let me point out — do you believe LaVar Ball has talked his way into being a household name in America? He's taken over the internet. He has!
"And Charles Barkley has fallen right into LaVar's trap. He's talking about LaVar day after day after day. And LaVar's all about that billion-dollar brand he's trying to build, and he's winning.
"Now back to this: to defend LaVar a little bit, he went to Washington State as a scholarship basketball player. He got sideways with Kelvin Sampson, who was the head coach at that time. ... And he left Washington State, transferred to D-II Cal State-LA, right in our neighborhood here, and he was pretty good there. I couldn't find the numbers, but I think he was the star of that team. ... So don't discredit him completely."
Skip: Here's the key to the game of one-on-one
SKIP: "I get your point. Once upon a time, Charles Barkley was a bad man. And at 6'4", he played 7-feet tall. But now, remember, Charles is six years older [than LaVar], and LaVar, by trade, is a personal trainer. And he looks like he still hits the gym pretty hard.
ROB: "Doesn't mean you can hit shots."
SKIP: "It doesn't, you're right, but you're in so much better shape. I know this: I wouldn't want to mess with LaVar Ball. Maybe Charles would.
"Maybe he would, but LaVar is talking against Michael Jordan, he wants unrefereed one-on-one. Did you hear how LaVar explained himself? He said, 'I would just call a foul on Michael every time.' ... If all is fair in love and basketball, you can just say on every possession, 'That's a foul!' ...
"The key to this competition would be refereed or unrefereed. ... [With a referee], I still think LaVar would take him, because after a while, Charles would just run out of gas. That's what would happen."