Eventually, the school — with permission of the players’ parents — found them legal representation and escorted them through the process. Carlson and Doug Erickson, UCLA’s director of basketball administration, stayed with the players while the rest of the team and staff traveled to Shanghai, about 100 miles away, and then back to the United States. After Ball, Riley and Hall were given permission to come home by Chinese authorities, the school got them on a flight that left Shanghai on Tuesday around 9 . local time, and arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 5 . to a horde of television cameras awaiting their return.