LaVar Ball Rips Coach After Sons’ Team Loses In Regional Playoffs
Rick Chandler 05:09 pm, March 21st, 2017
This may come as a shock, but apparently LaVar Ball is a meddling high school basketball helicopter parent who thinks he knows better than the coach. Sound familiar? Hey, he played in college -- at Washington State! He averaged 2.2 points per game! The coach should let him run the team!
That's what Ball says, anyway.
Chino Hills, the 30-2 juggernaut boasting two of the three Ball Brothers on its roster -- LiAngelo and LaMelo (their older brother, Lonzo, plays for UCLA), lost to Bishop Montgomery 87-80 on Friday in the CIF (California) State Southern Regional Semifinals in Los Angeles.
With a win, Chino Hills would have played for the state title in Sacramento.
LaVar Ball sounded off on ESPN LA's Morning Show with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ, ripping the coach, Stephan Gilling:
"Man, we were supposed to go to Sacramento, but that coach is hard-headed. He wanted to do things his way. If we would have gotten along, we would have been in the state title easy. But he's trying to have a little resistance towards me. And I'm like, 'Man, try and do it your way. That's why you lost three games.'
"Because once he run and just play and when my son really wants to play for you, we're gonna do good. But when you have any kind of resistance towards me, and you the head coach, it don't work out that good. I already knew he was going to lose that game."
You're all class, LaVar.
Parents have meddled since basketball was invented -- no doubt someone's dad complained to James Naismith about the type of peach baskets being used. But when you're as high profile a parent as LaVar Ball, and you expect to run the show because your kids have talent, then a pointed annoyance becomes a toxic distraction. No wonder the lost.
It's hard to feel an sympathy for the coach, however. He allowed LaMelo Ball -- the youngest brother -- to score 92 points in a game earlier in the season -- a feat accomplished mainly by LaMelo hanging around the midcourt line and cherry-picking most of his points.
Watching video highlights of the Bishop Montgomery loss, the first thing I noticed is that Chino Hills plays virtually no defense. In two minutes of video I saw players give up the baseline six times. No one blocks out. No one has a clue on how to defend the post.
Ever see man-to-man defense being played with no help? It's ugly, my friends.
Chino Hills only plays offense -- and they play it well. They have a lot of talent, and it's not just the Ball brothers. But a team playing zero defense and with a famous, meddling parent muddying the waters is not a team I'd care to watch, let alone coach.
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