'Slow white guys' to blame for college basketball team's failure, says star player's father

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Edrice Adebayo tries to drive against UCLA Bruins centre Thomas Welsh - USA Today Sports

The father of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball has called out the "slow white guys" on his son's UCLA Bruins team after they failed to win the national championship.

LaVar Ball has made a distinct impression in his son's debut season in US college basketball with a string hyperbolic remarks, and refused to let Lonzo take any blame for the Bruins' exit at the Sweet 16 stage of the competition.

Ball senior told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: "Realistically you can’t win a championship with three white guys, because the foot speed is too slow.

The Bruins lost 86-75 to the Kentucky Wildcats in the penultimate South-regional match-up, with Ball junior – who has filed to join the NBA draft this summer after only one season in college basketball – outclassed by the opposition's De’Aaron Fox.

Ball senior continued: "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 younger Ball is in his first season of college basketball Credit: Andy Lyons/Getty 
Ball junior was no match for De'Aaron Fox as Kentucky brushed aside UCLA Credit: Justin Ford/USA Today Sports

"People thought [Lonzo] was giving up, but he popped his hamstring. He said: ‘I was trying to run, but my hamstring was pulled.’ But he’s never going to make excuses."

The young Ball is fancied to be an early pick in the draft, and has previously stated his preference to join his hometown LA Lakers.

His enthusiastic father, meanwhile, has previously said he wants a $1billion sponsorship deal for Lonzo and his two younger brothers, who still play their basketball in high school.

Lonzo Ball was reportedly nursing a pulled hamstring as Bruins crashed out of the championship Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty 

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