Lavar Ball continues to put his foot in his mouth.
The UCLA Bruins were ousted by the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Sweet 16 round because the team had too many white players on the court, according to Ball.
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” Ball said, as reported by the Orange County Register. “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. Then once they get to the Elite 8, they’re right there.”
Ball is presumably referring to UCLA starters TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford, and Thomas Welsh. They combined for 39 points in the team’s season-ending loss to the Wildcats.
Lonzo Ball — a lottery pick in this year’s NBA draft — scored a dismal 10 points, and was outdueled by Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox. Fox netted 39 points, the most-ever by a freshman in a NCAA Tournament game.
Following the game, the elder Ball downplayed Fox’s game, stating “No one is going to take De’Aaron Fox over [Lonzo] because of one game. It’s about your body of work, and people know what he can do.”
This isn’t the first time LaVar has trumpeted his son’s athletic abilities. Last month, he said Lonzo was better than Golden States Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
“I have the utmost confidence in what my boy is doing. He’s better than Steph Curry to me,” he said. “Put Steph Curry on UCLA’s team right now and put my boy on Golden State and watch what happens.”
Lavar also said LeBron James’ sons — 12-year-old LeBron James Jr. and 9-year-old Bryce Maximus James — wouldn’t have a successful career in the league because of who their father is.
“You got LeBron, it’s going to be hard for his kids because they are going to look at them like, ‘You got to be just like your dad.’ And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, ‘Why do I got (sic) to be just like him? What can’t I just be me?’ And then they are going to be like, ‘Aw, you’re soft, you’re not that good.’ Because the expectation is very, very high,” Ball said during a March appearance on FS1’s In the Zone with Chris Broussard podcast.
After James heard Lavar’s statements, he advised Lavar to not ever mention James kids again.
Lonzo is expected to to be selected as the No. 2 choice.