Lonzo Ball first learned of his mother's stroke through a text message from a relative and LaVar Ball was upset because he wanted to tell his son in person, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.
"Who are they to text my son that s---?" Ball said. "I was going to tell him in person. Lonzo was coming to watch his brothers play and I was going to tell him, 'Son, your mom is in a bad spot right now.'"
Tina Ball was in the hospital for two and a half months recovering from a stroke in late February. Lonzo Ball was at practice when he received a text message about his mother. LaVar told his sons, 'You all do what y'all do. I got your mama.'
Lonzo Ball was asked about his mother's health at a press conference following UCLA's first NCAA tournament game. He declined to comment and called it "family business."
LaVar Ball did not attend the Sweet 16 game between UCLA and Kentucky, which ended up being Lonzo's last in college, to be with his wife.
"I told my wife, 'I been with you so long, you can have one eye drooped and your mouth over here like this and you're still beautiful to me," LaVar said. "I look at you the same way. That ain't gonna never change.'"