Steve Alford Says He Was 'Surprised' LiAngelo Ball Left UCLA Basketball Team

Steve Alford Says He Was 'Surprised' LiAngelo Ball Left UCLA Basketball Team

Please mark the time of death on the Ball family phenomenon. Lietkabelis Panevezys, the two time champs of the Lithuanian league in 1985 and 1988, and the runners-up a year ago, doesn't want the Ball brothers to help them get over the top on the court, but off the court, why not?

"Trump shouldn't have intervened just because they have some privileges being famous college basketball players", freshman Morgan Fuller said. It's not like we turned them loose (in in Hangzhou) to go across town. LaVar Ball says his "grand plan" is for all three sons to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. "A kid wants to play basketball all his life".

LiAngelo Ball, son of LaVar Ball, was pulled out of UCLA by his father, who believes the indefinite suspension the players received is too harsh. Trump said in a tweet that he "should have left them in jail", because of Ball's words about the president. Head coach Steve Alford is at right. Ball, Hill and Riley publicly apologized for shoplifting while reading prepared statements at a campus news conference on November 15.

"LiAngelo has been, since coming back (from China), he's been tremendous", Alford said during media availability on Tuesday.

Alford said neither LaVar nor LiAngelo spoke to him about the decision to quit the team and leave school.

The Big Baller Brand CEO is looking for a possible landing spot for his two sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, after he recently pulled the former from UCLA. This national story grew with the intervention of Trump and Liangelo's father.

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Alford noted since returning to the United States, Ball has been a model citizen at school. They had what he called the "most complete game" of the season Sunday against Detroit Mercy, a 33-point shellacking in which the Bruins equaled a season-high in points.

After it was revealed that the Balls are exploring overseas options, a potential opportunity in Lithuania popped up.

"They gonna follow me even if it's wrong", Ball said of his children. Ball asked during an interview with CNN on Tuesday morning. His brash behavior, disproportionate sense of self and overall attitude toward authority disgusts me, and pulling his son out of school takes the cake. After being sent home from China, Riley, Hill and Ball held a press conference back on UCLA's campus.

The university disciplinary process via the office of student conduct is ongoing, Alford said Tuesday, adding that he didn't have a timeline for when it would be finished.

"Cody and Jalen have done very, very good in what we wanted them to do academically, so all of our communication with them has been good", Alford said. However, a source at UCLA told ESPN's Arash Markazi that this is probably the end for the Ball family at the school.

"Why for?" Alford responded. Due to their notoriety, it may be a good business decision to sign the two, even if it's not the best basketball decision, but one team from Lithuania has already said "thanks, but no thanks" to the circus. "I'm here at Pauley Pavilion every day". The other part of me thinks he is a insane dad who clearly loves his sons but does not know how to conduct his love for them in a socially acceptable way.

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