The Bruins are wrapping up a critical four-game homestand that Alford has dubbed "growth week" before they play their only true nonconference road game of the season Saturday at MI.
Three freshmen from the team were caught shoplifting designer sunglasses on November 8 from a Louis Vuitton store in downtown Shanghai.
LiAngelo Ball, along with fellow freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley, are now serving indefinite suspensions for their participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins' trip to China last month.
It's admittedly not the most professional move by the head coach to have a dig at a teenager's indiscretions. As a result of the popular following of the Ball family prior to the incident, President Donald Trump took notice as well. Trump asked Jinping to resolve the case, in hopes of sending the three players, who were under house arrest, back home to the United States.
LaVar Ball said at the time that "one of the main reasons [LiAngelo Ball] went to UCLA" was to play basketball. When asked about Trump's role in the situation, Ball said, "Who?"
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UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball is surrounded by reporters and photographers as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles.
"You shouldn't hang them on the cross for this long for that", Ball said.
LiAngelo Ball, seen during the press conference November 15 where he and two UCLA teammates apologized for shoplifting in China, has reportedly been pulled from the school by his father. Ball revealed that they spent "a day and a half" in prison while Chinese officers took their clothes and made them wear whatever clothing the facility had to offer. All that being said, I do not think we should keep giving him the attention.
Unlike Reyes, some strongly disagree with Trump's decision, saying the three men did commit a crime. As a former middle school basketball coach, I've witness firsthand how parents think little Johnny or Susan are the next great Olympians and anyone who tells them otherwise is insane and doesn't know what they're talking about.