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LaVar Ball rips sons' high school coach for playoff loss: ‘He wanted to do things his way’

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Feb 5, 2017; Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA; LaVar Ball , father of Chino Hills guard LaMelo Ball (not pictured) against the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars at Rancho Cucamonga High School. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Feb 5, 2017; Rancho Cucamonga, CA, USA; LaVar Ball , father of Chino Hills guard LaMelo Ball (not pictured) against the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars at Rancho Cucamonga High School. Chino Hills (Calif.) lost last week in the CIF State Southern Regional semifinals to Bishop Montgomery. Chino Hills, of course, is the school of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the brothers of UCLA's Lonzo Ball.

The team's season ended short of a state final, and LaVar Ball wasn't happy. In an interview on ESPN LA's Morning Show with Keyshawn, Jorge and LZ, he fired off on Chino Hills head coach Stephan Gilling for being resistant.

LaVar said:

"Man, we were supposed to go to Sacramento, but that coach is hard-headed. He wanted to do things his way. If we would have gotten along, we would have been in the state title easy. But he's trying to have a little resistance towards me. And I'm like, 'Man, try and do it your way. That's why you lost three games.'

"Because once he run and just play and when my son really wants to play for you, we're gonna do good. But when you have any kind of resistance towards me, and you the head coach, it don't work out that good. I already knew he was going to lose that game."

Obviously, most coaches wouldn't want to hand over control to a parent - no matter how talented the kids are. It sends the wrong message to the rest of the team, but LaVar has already shown that he will continue to talk about his sons at every opportunity. It's a puzzling position to be in for a first-year high school coach.

And to be fair, Gilling is the same coach who had no problem with LaMelo playing zero defense in his 92-point performance. He definitely gave the Ball brothers freedom to play their games. Chino Hills finished its season at 30-3.

You can listen to the full interview here.

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