LaVar Ball thinks white men can’t jump.
The bombastic father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball believes the Bruins didn’t last longer in the NCAA Tournament because of the team’s “three white guys.”
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball told the Orange County Register. “I told Lonzo – ‘One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out the that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”
UCLA’s “three white guys,” TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford, Thomas Welsh, collectively scored 39 points in the Bruins’ Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky.
Lonzo Ball finished that game, in which Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox outplayed him, with just 10 points and eight assists.
LaVar Ball said that his son played poorly due to a hamstring injury, something Lonzo has still never admitted.
“People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring,” LaVar Ball explained. “He said ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses.”
UCLA head coach Steve Alford said after the Bruins’ tournament exit that Lonzo Ball was healthy.
The elder Ball is out of UCLA’s hair now, though.
He’ll be the latest headache for whichever teams picks Lonzo in the 2017 NBA Draft.