LaVar Ball may not have called Friday’s game with Kentucky a tune-up for the Final Four like we thought, but as predicted, he continues to run his mouth. This morning, ESPN’s Ian O’Connor interviewed Ball, father of UCLA star point guard Lonzo Ball, and he actually DID take some shots at Kentucky and De’Aaron Fox ahead of Friday night’s game. (For real, this time.)
“I already said UCLA will win the national championship, and I’m not going backwards on it now,” Ball said. “With Zo, the chemistry that UCLA has is better than what Kentucky has.”
Fox got the best of Ball in December’s matchup, with 20 points, 9 assists, and 2 turnovers to Ball’s 14 points, 7 assists, and 6 turnovers, but Ball Sr. sounds confident that won’t happen this time around.
“He can’t mess with Zo,” Ball said of Fox. “You can have 40 points and Lonzo can have two points and make the game winner, and I’m going with him. You had more points, but look at who won the game. I guess [Fox] really didn’t outplay him. It’s a team sport. All my boy is worried about is his team winning.”
Ball also said that his son should go first in the NBA Draft, while De’Aaron Fox isn’t top five material.
“I don’t know if he’d be in the top five of the draft for me. I want a bigger, stronger guy.”
More from Ball, including why he plans to have his younger sons attend UCLA “even if you put in Bobo the Clown in as coach” over at the Worldwide Leader.