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With his dedication to saying absurd things with brash confidence at high volumes, LaVar Ball has become an inescapable part of the sports media landscape.
He went on “First Take” and told Stephen A. Smith that he’d beat Michael Jordan at a game of one-on-one. He tried to get Nike to pay a billion dollars for the rights to his kids’ shoe deals. After his son was drafted by the Lakers with the second overall pick, he immediately went on record saying Lonzo would take the franchise from the bottom of the Western Conference to the playoffs.
Ball is the type of character that is ripe for parody, and on Thursday night, “Saturday Night Live” finally got to take aim at the infamous father, with Kenan Thompson playing the role of Big Baller-in-Chief.
Thompson’s performance was one of dedication and committment, taking Ball’s already outlandish character and expanding him into space, with claims like, “Look at me! I am eight feet tall! I can jump 20 feet high! I once jumped over a Super Target! This past Thanksgiving I ate 100 turkeys!”
He also expanded on LaVar’s claim that he could beat Jordan, saying that he could do it wearing a beekeeper suit and Hamburger Helper gloves.
You can watch video of the performance below.