After appearing on ESPN First Take for the second time in less than a week on Monday, LaVar Ball took our advice and stepped out of the spotlight for a second on Tuesday. But he didn’t step out of it for very long.
On Wednesday morning, LaVar and his son Lonzo were back on TV as guests on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed. And while LaVar was slightly more subdued on FS1 than he was on Monday when he sauntered onto the First Take set with the swagger of a professional wrestler and inspired one of the best sports memes in recent history, he still managed to say a few things that will no doubt make more headlines.
At the start of his sit-down interview with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, LaVar confirmed a TMZ report about him shopping around a reality show about his family. He revealed that the report is true and said he’s been working on trying to find a home for the show for the last few weeks.
Elsewhere in the interview, LaVar also spoke—for what feels like the 6,782nd time—about his bold claim that he could beat Michael Jordan in a game of 1-on-1. Despite the fact that video evidence surfaced over the weekend showing that LaVar could most definitely not beat MJ on the basketball court, he’s sticking to his original story and saying that the only way MJ could stop him on the court is by fouling him.
But the most interesting part of the interview came towards the end when LaVar was asked about a recent USA TODAY Sports feature on Stephan Gilling, the boys’ basketball coach at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California. Gilling coaches LaVar’s sons LiAngelo and LaMelo, and last week, he ripped LaVar for being an overbearing parent while speaking with USA TODAY Sports. He talked about how LaVar frequently overstepped his bounds this past season and made it difficult for Gilling to coach his kids.
LaVar responded to that report by blasting the coach for not doing a good job and for trying to blame his sons for the team’s early departure from a state tournament at the end of the season. If you listen closely, it sounds like LaVar is ripping the coach for, well, coaching and holding the Ball boys to a higher standard (just like LeBron told youth coaches to do earlier this week). But LaVar clearly wasn't happy with his coaching methods.
Check out the clips above to see everything LaVar had to say on the show. Lonzo gets in a few words, too, but not many.