By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to LaVar Ball, the UCLA Bruins did not win a National Championship because they started too many white players. The Bruins started three white players.
“Realistically, you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” he 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.”
The Bruins, who is coached by Steve Alford, who is also white, started TJ Leaf, Thomas Welsh and Bryce Alford.
Alford is the coaches’ son. Leaf was the team’s leading scorer, who is also projected to be a first-round draft pick.
The Bruins, who finished with a 31-5 record, lost in the NCAA March Madness Tournament to the Kentucky Wildcats. Leaf, Welsh and Alford combined for 39 points.
LaVar’s son had just 10 points in the 86-75 loss. He said he had a hamstring injury.
“People thought he was giving up, but he popped his hamstring,” LaVar said. “He said, ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses.”
Ball was outshined in the game with the Wildcats. De’Aaron Fox had a career-high 39 points — and greatly increased his draft odds following his performance.
“You’ve got to kill him to get him off the court,” LaVar said of his eldest son. “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.”
Ball declared for the NBA Draft almost immediately after the game. He’s expected to be a Top 5 pick — but only wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.
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