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LaVar Ball Rips Joel Embiid After Profane Comments, Says He 'Only Knows 3 Words'

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2017

LaVar Ball, center, father of Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, listens to his son during the NBA basketball team's news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

The verbal sparring between LaVar Ball and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid continued Friday with Ball questioning the promising big man's intelligence. 

When asked by TMZ Sports about Embiid recently saying, "F--k LaVar Ball," on Instagram live, the Ball family patriarch fired back: "The reason he said that...his vocabulary is limited. ... You gotta use cuss words when you don't have no intellect. ... He's not intelligent at all. He's worried about me? He should be worrying about playing."

The bad blood between Embiid and Ball began on draft night when the former tweeted the following to Sixers teammate Ben Simmons regarding Los Angeles Lakers first-round selection Lonzo Ball:

Joel Embiid @JoelEmbiid

Please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him.. https://t.co/cMvt5RYiSQ

Embiid doubled down on his disdain for LaVar on Instagram before the elder Ball commented on Embiid and the Sixers in a radio interview on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia.

Per Jonathan Tannenwald of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Ball was vocal about the inability of Embiid and Simmons to stay healthy:

"When you don't win, and don't even make the playoffs, and don't even stay on the court long enough, that's the best thing you can do—is tweet and make some stuff. Ain't nobody else doing that, because they're working on their games in the gym. These guys ain't played a game, [are] always hurt, and [are] at the bottom of the totem pole. So guess what? Get your [rear ends] off the goddamn Tweeter and get in the gym."

Embiid appeared in just 31 games last season after missing his first two NBA campaigns due to injury, while Simmons missed his entire rookie season in 2016-17.

When Embiid did play, however, he put up big-time numbers with 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists per game.

The Sixers passed on Ball with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft, as they traded up to the top spot to select Washington guard Markelle Fultz to add to a nucleus of Embiid, Simmons, Dario Saric and Jahlil Okafor.

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