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LaVar Ball Was Way Off In His Response To Kyrie Irving Comments About His Relationship With Lonzo

LaVar Ball dominated the airwaves at FS1 this week, but one of his more controversial moments slipped through the cracks.

Ball went viral earlier in the week for all the wrong reasons, after a very uncomfortable exchange with The Herd co-host Kristine Leahy.

The exchange has led many to castigate and mock Ball, from Kevin Durant to the sister of last year's No. 1 pick Ben Simmons.

That same day, Ball appeared on Undisputed, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe's debate show, and had some pretty uninformed words for Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kyrie Irving.

On an edition of the Cavs' "Road Trippin'" podcast hosted by Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye, Irving discussed his own relationship with his father, and related it to what he sees with LaVar and Lonzo Ball.

From ESPN:

"I’m sorry, LaVar, you’re not going to be in every hotel room that Lonzo is going to be in," Kyrie said as a guest on Uninterrupted's "Road Trippin'" podcast hosted by Cleveland Cavaliers veterans Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye. "You’re not going to be everywhere and part of his life as he continues to grow up. You got to let go. He’s 19-years old. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want it to bypass him being a father, but he’s got to let Lonzo be Lonzo for the long haul."


"I had to have a talk with my dad, and I was just like, 'Man, Dad, I love you, but I’m going to make my own decisions,'" Irving said. "And he told me, when I turn 18, I’m responsible enough for myself to make my own decisions, and he’s going to be there to help along the way. But when I turned 18, like, I got my first tattoo. I got my ear pierced. I just started doing my own thing."

Ball had a pretty sharp response, saying that Irving did not have the room to comment, as he is not a father, and wasn't raised the same way because he grew up in a single-parent household.

Video, via TheBigLead:

Two problems for LaVar here: 1.) Irving is, in fact, a father. 2.) Irving was raised by one parent—his father—but it is because his mother died when he was four years old... not exactly something you should use as an arguing point against him.

Ball, and Sharpe in the video above, is correct: ultimately no one's opinion of the relationship between the Balls supersedes their own. However, Kyrie shares some pretty big similarities with Lonzo. Kyrie went to a huge basketball powerhouse with a ton of fan fare, is an elite point guard, and was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Kyrie is also a perennial All-Star and an NBA Champion, both things we presume that Lonzo aspires to be. He definitely isn't the worst person to take some advice from, as a young point guard.