Mexico's 'Granny Jordan' becomes TikTok star at age 71 as fans praise her amazing basketball passing, dribbling, and shooting skills
- Andrea García López became the talk of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca when a video of her playing basketball went viral on TikTok
- The footage was posted on the social media platform July 20, about a year after her grandson recorded it
- Decked out in a blouse, skirt and boots, the 71-year-old shows her passing and shooting ability on the court
- García López started playing the sport as a teenager and passed down her love of the game to her six sons
- She wants to continue playing the game despite an ailing right knee, which requires treatment
This 71-year-old Mexican grandmother is ready to give some of the stars of the NBA and WNBA a run for their money.
Andrea García López went viral after her grandson, Juan Carlos Sandoval, recorded her putting up a show on the court in her small remote town of San Esteban Atatlahuca in the southern state of Oaxaca.
Nicknamed 'Granny Jordan' by TikTok users, the local artisan has her gray hair platted in two long braids and is sporting a white blouse, a long black skirt and a pair of brown boots, ditching it over a traditional uniform and sneakers.
TikTokers were impressed by the septuagenarian's talent.
'Without a doubt the best,' one user wrote, adding 'she was even fouled' when she faked a shot.
A TikToker compared her to Los Angeles Laker star LeBron Jams, quipping she 'is way better than Lebron.'
Another user on the popular social media platform tabbed her as 'Michael Jordan's grandmother.'
Andrea García López is now known as 'Granny Jordan' after a video of her playing basketball laster went viral after her grandson posted it on TikTok on July 20. She was back on the court Wednesday for an exhibition match against a local team in San Esteban Atatlahuca, a town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca
Andrea García López has been playing basketball since she was a teenager. The 71-year-old passed down her love of the sport to her six sons as well grandchildren, including Juan Carlos Sandoval, who last month decided to share a video of her on the court after recording the footage a year ago
García López makes a nifty pass as a defender, traps her at half court and immediately regains possession of the ball after her teammate loses control.
She continues down court and somehow maintains her dribble as another defender tries to slap the ball away.
García López displays her keen eye for finding the open teammate, and passes the ball to another woman in the paint.
Instead of forcing a bad shot, the woman spots the open granny, who converts an easy basket off the backboard, drawing a nice applause from several people in the stands.
García López has been playing basketball since a teenager and passed down her love of the game to her six sons, according to Mexican news portal Aristegui Noticias.
She was back on the court Monday during an exhibition game with a local team as part of a local festival.
'I like to play basketball and be happy with my children, I am not a boring person,' García López said. 'I enjoy it and I have taught many girls, that is how they grew up.'
Still image of a viral TikTok video viewed more than 1 million times shows Andrea García López getting away from a defender as she dribbles at mid-court
Andrea García López, a 71-year-old grandmother from Oaxaca, Mexico, wants to continue playing basketball despite an ailing right knee that needs treatment
When she is not displaying her passing and shooting on the basketball court, Andrea García López can be found working with her fellow artisans in the southern Mexican town of San Esteban Atatlahuca
Andrea García Lopez, 71, nicknamed 'Granny Jordan' by TikTok users, plays basketball during an exhibition game in San Esteban Atatlahuca, Oaxaca
The video was reportedly recorded about a year ago and was uploaded by Sandoval on July 20. Since then it has been viewed over 1 million times.
'My grandmother loves basketball, she has taught us all,' Sandoval said. 'But she is also an important craft teacher in the community and also grows corn and beans, all for self-consumption.'
García Lopez says she hopes to keep playing for many years, even if her knee is starting to act up a bit.