LaVar Ball Says Comments Regarding UCLA's White Players Were Misunderstood

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2017

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25:  LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the UCLA Bruins, watches the game against the USC Trojans at Galen Center on January 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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UCLA star Lonzo Ball's father, LaVar Ball, turned heads Thursday with controversial comments suggesting the Bruins' white players prevented them from winning a title. He walked those remarks back some Friday. 

"I am not saying I don't like the white guys and we lost because of them," he said on ESPN 710 LA, per ESPN.com. "No—that's how they twisted it up." 

On Thursday he said, "Realistically you can't win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow," per Clay Fowler of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. "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 Eight, they're right there."

UCLA's season came to an end in the Sweet 16 when it lost to Kentucky 86-75. Bryce Alford, TJ Leaf and Thomas Welsh were all white starters for the team, and Ball praised the three of them Friday.

"I love Bryce because he's Alford's son and he's always been nice to me. TJ Leaf—Zo's friend, always nice and respectful. Thomas Welsh—one of their most intelligent players, very nice, respectful."

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Despite Ball's previous remarks, his son Lonzo didn't exactly shine in the Bruins' loss to the Wildcats. He scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the field and a mere 1-of-6 shooting from downtown. What's more, he struggled to keep up with De'Aaron Fox's foot speed on the defensive side of the floor, as Kentucky's guard poured in 39 points.

"I blame one person every time they lose and it's the same person all the time," LaVar Ball said Friday. "It's my son."

While LaVar Ball continues to make headlines with his comments, his son will turn his attention to the NBA after he declared for the draft following UCLA's Sweet 16 loss.


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