In LaVar Ball's world, white guys can't jump, run or win championships together. Thanks for sharing.
Ball decided on Thursday to code his way through an excuse for why his son Lonzo's UCLA team failed to go all the way this year. Actually, there wasn't much code involved:LaVar was pretty open about what he thought was wrong with the Bruins (hint: not his biracial kid).
“Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow,” LaVar Ball told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. The elder Ball added that he told his son he would need to take over games in the NCAA Tournament to make up for that lack of athleticism.
In fact, three of UCLA's top players this season were white: TJ Leaf, Bryce Alford and Thomas Welsh. Leaf and Alford were 1-2 in scoring for the Bruins, and Welsh scored in double figures, too. Leaf is expected to join Lonzo Ball in the NBA soon.
Somehow, LaVar forgot all that.
"Athleticism" has long been a loaded word in sports. White talking heads (and way too many ex-athletes) use it to shade black athletes who have elite running and jumping ability, but maybe not elite basketball or football "IQ." White basketball players have been stereotyped as grinders who overcome the athleticism deficit. LaVar Ball, amazingly, perpetuated all those stereotypes.
And as for whether a college team can win an NCAA championship with three white guys, the elder Ball might want to ask Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, Brian Zoubek, Ryan Kelly and a couple of Plumlees what Duke did in 2010.
That team’s success is a whole other sports race debate: Some fans hate the Blue Devils because they see them as toowhite for high-major ball. If we're being real, LaVar Ball isn't the first man to spout nonsense about white players.
The larger point is, it's still nonsense.