Lonzo Ball Maintaining Poise Amidst High Stakes and Big Distractions

Lonzo Ball the star for the UCLA Bruins lowered his head as if he did not have the word to speak.

He was at the team’s postgame press conference following UCLA’s 17-point victory over Kent State Friday night, when he was asked by one of the reporters about a report that was published that said Tina, his mother, suffered a stroke in February.

Ball answered that he did not have a comment as it was a family thing.

The Ball family has tried to keep it a private matter until at least the NCAA Tournament is over and Ball appeared slightly irritated by the question.

However, just seconds later, the stone-faced expression returned, the one he has worn all season, which is remarkable due to the things he has had to deal with that are off the court and for being so successful on the court in spite of them.

Ball was named on Thursday as the National Freshman Player of the Year by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Friday Ball broke the single season UCLA assist record and his stock continues to soar for the upcoming NBA draft, while the chaos off the court continues.

LaVar, Ball’s father who loves to grab the headlines, was not anywhere in sight Friday but the fallout is continuing. Charles Barkley was on TV Friday with a Kent State jersey on and said he wanted Kent State to beat UCLA because of the animosity he has for Ball’s father LaVar.

The problems started when LaVar said Lonzo was already better than Stephen Curry and along with Barkley much of the U.S. took exception.

Then it grew further when Mr. Ball told a national newspaper that he would have beaten Michael Jordan badly when both were in their prime.

Steve Kerr, the head coach for Curry’s team the Golden State Warriors said he did not think the comments LaVar Ball was making were helping his children. Besides Lonzo, there are two other brothers who are promising players at the high school level in the Ball family.

Lonzo put aside those issues and scored 15 points on Friday hitting 6 of his 7 shots. He hauled down 4 rebounds, while handing out 3 assists.

The win was UCLA’s 30th of the season and will play No. 6 seed Cincinnati on Sunday. This season with Ball at point guard the Bruins are 30-4, while last season while he was still in high school, UCLA finished 15-17.