"LiAngelo has been, since coming back (from China), he's been tremendous. I think it's more surprised if you're looking for one word, it's surprised because it's nothing we saw coming".
Although they were there to play basketball games, the program drew in more attention from a shoplifting incident.
In a new interview with TODAY, Ball said that his stay in China's jail was "horrible". But despite the mock job offer the Lithuanian coach offered, the Balls won't be short of legitimate options from other teams in other parts of the world simply because they remain a huge draw and will be in-demand wherever they land. When asked about Trump's role in the situation, Ball said, "Who?"
Just recently, Ball's middle son, Liangelo, was the one that brought him into the national spotlight.
Lithuanian team Lietkabelis Panevezys has said no in such a fantastic and petty way: their coach, Arturs Stalberg said in essence that he'd love to sign the Balls, but just not to play basketball. "I'm at the Ostin Center every day working, so if they need to talk, they know where to find me". Ball, Hill and Riley publicly apologized for shoplifting while reading prepared statements at a campus news conference on November 15.
Alford said neither LaVar nor LiAngelo spoke to him about the decision to quit the team and leave school.
"That's a long time of doing nothing", LiAngelo told NBC's "Today" on Tuesday of his suspension at UCLA. Then you just sit in a cement cell for however long. Three UCLA basketball players-Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley-detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the worldwide scandal.
In the tweet, Trump criticized Ball as being ungrateful of what he did for his son and the two other freshmen. Oldest son Lonzo is a rookie with the Lakers after playing one successful season at UCLA.
The brothers - Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo - were tearing up the high school and AAU circuits, most notably for their high-scoring performances.
LaMelo, on the other hand, has major National Basketball Association potential.
LaVar told "Access Hollywood" he sent Trump three pairs of Big Baller shoes in red, white and blue.