LaVar Ball will just not go away. It seemed like after UCLA was bounced from the NCAA Tournament that we might have a break from Mr. Ball for a while, or at least until the NBA Draft. However, once again the father of top NBA prospect Lonzo Ball is making headlines.
Chino Hills High School, current home of LaVar’s son LaMelo, has reportedly parted ways with its basketball coach Stephan Gilling after one season.
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times reported the school “has begun looking for a new basketball coach after apparently cutting ties” with Gilling, who took part in a verbal back-and-forth with the Balls’ father, LaVar, during the season.
“An assistant coach comes up to me and tells me that he sees LaVar rallying the team up,” Gilling told Joseph. “I guess he got them out of their rooms on the 18th floor and tells the team that it was his system that won. That we’re doing what he says. ‘I run Chino Hills! I run UCLA, about to run the NBA!’
“He pretty much downplays me at the same time. My assistant coach sees him and says to him, ‘That’s not right. Is there any middle ground?’ He says, ‘No, there’s no middle ground.'”
After their disagreement, Gilling said the relationship between himself and the Ball family—most notably players LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball—deteriorated.
“So, throughout the rest of the year, we had games that I would not talk to them (LaMelo and LiAngelo),” Gilling said. “The kids looked at me different. Not all of them, but some. They understood and knew they were caught in the middle of it all. It was sad for the kids because it was from that point on that they didn’t know who to listen to.
“It was also noticeable that things were being said at home, and brought back to the gym in a way of, like, they’re not listening to the coaches.”
Gilling managed to guide the team to a 30-3 record, but it appears the toxic situation made it impossible for him to return.