UCLA coach Steve Alford and point guard Lonzo Ball were completely in sync throughout Ball's one season with the Bruins, but they have vastly differing opinions on the issue of illicit payments to college basketball players. Ball, nearing the end of his rookie season with the Lakers, said Friday in response to the widening scandal threatening college basketball that "everybody's getting paid anyway, you might as well make it legal." Alford didn't take even a full second to respond after he was relayed the quote from his former star player Sunday afternoon following UCLA's 80-76 loss to Colorado at the Coors Events Center. "I mean, that's ludicrous," Alford said with a chuckle. "I mean, that's all I've got to say on that. I mean, that's crazy. Not everybody's getting paid." Ball told reporters he wasn't paid because his father wasn't interested in inducements while building the family's Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel label while he was at UCLA. But Lakers teammate and former Utah standout Kyle Kuzma was among the players identified as having been paid by an agent while in college in documents obtained by Yahoo Sports.
UCLA's Steve Alford says the idea that everyone is getting paid in college basketball is 'ludicrous'
Los Angeles Times | Feb 26