It was inevitable. Outspoken basketball dad LaVar Ball was going to have something to say about Kentucky in the days leading into the Sweet 16 clash with UCLA.
Ball, who is the father of Bruins star point guard Lonzo Ball, made a radio appearance on ESPN LA on Tuesday.
The results? A few comments that are likely to get the Wildcats faithful a little riled up.
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He had some advice for the Wildcats, who lost to UCLA in a close game back in December.
“Don’t try to beat them at running,” the elder Ball said when asked for the advice he’d give Kentucky. “You can’t outrun my boy. He’s being running that fast all his life. Don’t play that game with him. That’s what I see. UCLA has too many shooters. Too many, and you give my boy that many shooters you’re out of luck.”
And what about his tips for UCLA? You know, the team he’s actually pulling for in this much-anticipated clash.
“Just play the same game they always play,” he said. “You can pack it in and make Kentucky shoot the ball.
“And then at the end, if you’re ahead, all those guys are alpha dogs. So everybody is going to turn into Michael Jordan on that team and then it’s going to be hard. What UCLA does is they play with great chemistry. That’s a huge thing when you can have all of these guys shoot the ball and nobody’s saying, ‘Hey, I’ve got to shoot five in a row.’ ”
Kentucky faces UCLA on Friday in Memphis, Tenn. Tipoff is expected at 9:39 p.m. ET. TV: CBS.