LaVar Ball has made a lot of really off-the-wall remarks since bursting on to the national scene. But during an interview with the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on Thursday, he may have made his craziest comments yet.
Ball was asked to explain why his son Lonzo and UCLA weren’t able to beat Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in late March. LaVar had previously predicted that the Bruins would run through the tournament and win the national championship. And Ball responded by blaming several of the white players on UCLA for the loss.
"Realistically, you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow," Ball said. "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 didn’t mention any names, but the "three white guys" he was referring to were likely T.J. Leaf, Bryce Alford, and Thomas Welch. And in addition to throwing those three guys under the bus, Ball also put some of the blame for UCLA’s loss on a hamstring injury he said Lonzo suffered. He said Lonzo did his best to play through the pain but wasn’t able to put forth his usual effort due to the injury.
"People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring," Ball said. "He said, 'I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.' But he’s never going to make excuses. You’ve got to kill him to get him off the court. 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."
In LaVar’s world, you never leave your brothers hanging on the court. But you do take shots at them for being slow white guys if you happen to lose a game. What a world it is.