Kyrie Irving had some reasonable things to say about LaVar Ball and a father’s influence on a young NBA star, but that doesn’t mean Ball has to respond with anything of substance in a rebuttal. Instead, Ball insulted Irving’s family with a perhaps-unintentional low blow when he appeared on Undisputed on Wednesday.
The Big Baller Brand patriarch was asked to respond to those critical of his relationship with his son, Lonzo, who is expected to go second overall in next month’s NBA Draft.
It bothers people because they don’t understand the relationship we have.
You have some young people that’s out here critiquing. ‘Oh LaVar needs to let Lonzo go.’ How you young guys gonna say anything when you ain’t got no kids?
Skip Bayless suggested Irving as an example of a “young” guy, which sets Ball off on a series of unfortunate missteps.
“Kyrie, definitely,” Ball said. “How you gonna tell me how my son should be when you don’t have a kid?”
Krving has one daughter, Azurie, who was born on November 23, 2015.
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Azurie Elizabeth Irving 11/23/15 35 hours of labor from her great mother and she came into the world to bring a shine to my world that I never thought was possible. I love you so much, and my heart grew the first time I felt your heart against mine. Mommy, I gave her your name because I know you will bless her and our family the same way you blessed me. I love you.
But Ball didn’t stop there. In fact, he quickly pivoted from incorrect to downright offensive.
“Maybe he don’t have the relationship that me and ‘Zo got. And I don’t think he did. First of all, ya mom wasn’t there.
So something’s got to change right there. It’s not the same. Lonzo can come home and see his mom all the time.
We’ve been together. Most people, with this talent, usually has a single parent. Not two of them together.”
Forget about the fact that Ball sounds strangely close to Colin Cowherd on John Wall and let’s focus on Irving’s family situation. His mother died when he was four years old from sepsis. She was 29. Irving’s family didn’t break apart because of his talent—it was torn apart by tragedy and death.
It’s a terrible look for Ball, whose haphazard ramblings finally seem to have caught up to him here. This line of thinking wasn’t just factually incorrect, it was downright cruel.