LaVar Ball‘s shots haven’t stopped coming despite Lonzo Ball‘s college career having come to an end. In fact, the loud-mouthed father of this year’s NBA Draft lottery pick prospect felt the need to justify his son’s failure to win the national championship he once assure he would win.
“Realistically, you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar told Clay Fowler of the Los Angeles Daily News. “I told Lonzo, ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out that was the one game.”
The UCLA Bruins’ leading scorer T.J. Leaf, Thomas Welsh, and the coach’s son Bryce Alford are believed to be the “three white guys” he was referring to. The trio combined for 39 points while Lonzo had a mere 10 points in an 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.
“People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring,” LaVar said of his son Lonzo. “He said, ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses.”
Kentucky brought its gun, De’Aaron Fox to the forefront, as he exploded for 39 points in a dominant performance over the 31-5 Bruins.
The younger Ball was criticized for his errant decision-making and his unwillingness to fight in the dying moments of the game, where the match had already been decided.
“You’ve got to kill him to get him off the court,” LaVar said of NBA-bound son. “If you get in a bar fight and your eyeball gets knocked out, you can’t go outside and say my eye’s hurt. You got to go in there and fight with your eye hanging out. You never leave your brothers hanging on the court.”
For those thinking that LaVar’s uncontrollable mouth would stop by the time he went pro, think again, as it only seems to get worse as the competition gets stiffer for his son. If it continues this way, it won’t be long before he’s in every show complaining about his son not playing 35 minutes a night as a rookie and not shooting technical free throws or getting the occasional superstar green light.
Drafting Lonzo Ball has become much more than just drafting the basketball player, but the portable mouth that comes right with it.