Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lonzo Ball praised his controversial father, LaVar Ball, in a letter to the Players’ Tribune on Friday. The Father’s Day tribute addressed why many of the same attributes that have sparked criticism of LaVar in the media have been a positive influence on Lonzo. The former UCLA point guard published the letter two days after a Foot Locker commercial starring Lonzo, among other top prospects for the June 22 NBA draft, poked fun at LaVar. Lonzo makes it clear that there is much more to his father than the mercurial persona that has produced an unceasing series of outlandish statements in the media. Lonzo acknowledges some of his father’s flaws in the letter, but states that he wouldn’t be on the brink of beginning a career in the NBA had LaVar not guided him along the way. “One of the things I admire most about you is that you don’t really care what other people think,” Lonzo said. “People can have whatever opinions they want about who you are as a person, but they’ll never have all the facts. They’ll never know you like I do.” Read the entire letter here.