LaVar Ball Shouldn't Have Blamed The White Players For UCLA's Loss, But Lonzo Ball Gave Him No Choice
FTW- On Thursday, LaVar told The Orange County Register‘s Clay Fowler:
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball said. “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.”
LaVar Ball was presumably referring to UCLA starters TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford and Thomas Welsh, who combined for 39 points in the third-seeded Bruins’ 86-75 loss in the NCAA tournament on March 24.
Is anyone really surprised? Can you honestly sit there and say you're shocked that LaVar Ball completely ignored what actually happened on the court during UCLA's loss in the Sweet Sixteen to Kentucky in favor of a painfully stereotypical scapegoating? I'm not trying to say that LaVar Ball has always had an issue with white players and their inherently inferior foot athleticism, but if the only other option is for him to have an issue with his son then of course he was going to flame the white guys for being too white.
If you watched UCLA play this year then you noticed too things. Lonzo Ball and the lack of melanin at the top of their roster. Hell, if you squinted hard enough then you might think those two things were one and the same. Regardless, with their starting lineup consisting primarily of the son of a helicopter dad who would throw hot sauce on his kid's shit before trying to sell it at a premium and a bunch of white dudes, the white dudes were bound to bear the brunt of the blame.
Anyone with 10% of a basketball mind knows the only storyline that needed discussing was De'Aaron Fox making Lonzo Ball's black ass look like Steve Nash on the defensive end. The freakishly athletic guard turned him around so many times that you'd think the 3 B's stood for 'Ball Blown By'. Since LaVar brought up foot speed then it bears mentioning that the difference in quickness between his son and the guy he failed to guard was so egregious that it singlehandedly upped the latter's draft stock. So no, there's obviously no credence to the claim that UCLA was too pale to win a championship, but I probably could have told you that would been LaVar Ball's opinion before he opened his fat mouth and removed any doubt. Lonzo backed him into a corner by underperforming, and his father used the only tool at his disposal to fight his way out - eye roll inducing stupidity.