The Charles Barkley-LaVar Ball rivalry has been taken to a whole new level.
Speaking on the Mike & Mike radio show Wednesday morning, Barkley was asked about Ball. The two haven’t exactly been on the same page in recent weeks. The NBA Hall of Famer publicly questioned why Ball insisted on heaping considerable pressure on his son, UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball. The elder Ball went as far as saying his son is already better than two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry.
Ball wasn’t too happy with Barkley’s thoughts on the matter. He had this to say in response:
“I don’t pull anything back. Whatever I say I say. If Charles thought like me, maybe he would’ve won a championship. He’s saying sometimes when stuff comes out of people’s mouths it’s just stupid. Guess what…you’re talking, too.”
Barkley is regarded by many as a jovial, yet brutally honest guy. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind and offer opinions — solicited or not.
To end all of the back-and-forth through the media, Barkley challenged Ball to a one-on-one game:
It would be prudent to break down each player’s credentials for this potential showdown.
- Played one season at Washington State before transferring
- Averaged 2.2 points per game and 2.3 rebounds per contest
- Father of Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball
- Architect of Big Baller Brand
- SEC Player of the Year at Auburn (1984)
- 11-time NBA All-Star
- NBA Most Valuable Player (1993)
- Two-time Olympic gold medalist
- NBA Hall of Famer
While Barkley would likely have the huge advantage (even at his advanced age), this matchup would certainly be fascinating to watch.
— ESPN (@espn) March 15, 2017
Source: Richard Mackson / USA TODAY Sports