Barkley challenges LaVar Ball to game of 1-on-1
If LaVar Ball wants to keep talking smack about Charles Barkley, the Round Mound of Rebound wants him to put his money where his mouth is.
Ball, the father of UCLA standout Lonzo Ball, has called out Barkley for not winning any championships in the NBA, even adding that he's better at being a parent than the TNT analyst. This all stems from Barkley's criticism over Ball saying his son is better than reigning MVP Stephen Curry.
The only way to settle this apparent feud is on the hardwood, with Barkley laying down the challenge Wednesday morning.
"I'm too old and fat to play basketball, but I'll challenge Mr. Ball to a one-on-one," Barkley said during an appearance on "Mike & Mike." "I don't even know how old he is. He's gotta be around my age. But ain't no guy who averaged two points per game can beat me one on one. I'm positive of that."
Ball played one season of college ball at Washington State, averaging just 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds in 26 appearances. Barkley, on the other hand, took home NBA MVP honors in 1993, made 11 All-Star teams, and averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds in 11 of his 16 seasons in the league.
"I think he just likes the attention. They probably weren't interviewing guys who averaged two points per game in college," Barkley said. "So now he's getting his interviews, and everybody is going to put him on because he says catchy stuff.
"I think his kid is probably the No. 1 player in the draft, and I wish he would let his kid shine."