UCLA’s Steve Alford Says LaVar Ball Didn’t Interfere With Coaching

There’s no doubt that LaVar Ball likes being in the spotlight and he has reportedly interfered with coaching at his sons’ high school, but that doesn’t appear to be the case with the UCLA basketball program.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Bruins coach Steve Alford was asked about any potential interference from Ball while at UCLA and he surprisingly said Ball kept his distance.

From the report:

Steve Alford didn’t hesitate when asked about Lonzo Ball’s enthusiastic and controversial father, LaVar.

Was LaVar Ball around the team much?

“Zero,” Alford said.

Was he ever at practice?

“Never at practice,” Alford said. “Never at practice; never called me.”

Did he ever try to meddle in your coaching?

“Never,” Alford said.

[…]

“I’ll talk to them like I’m talking to you,” Alford said. “He was terrific. I had no dealings with him at all. He let me coach his son, didn’t get in the way at all.”

If only Ball would have taken a more hands off approach with the Chino Hills High School coaching staff…

And while Ball didn’t interfere while Lonzo was at UCLA, he will have plenty of time to make noise with his younger songs,  LiAngelo and LaMelo, committed to the Bruins.

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