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Grandpa Ball LaVar Learned Everything From Me!

6/23/2017 1:24 PM PDT

Grandpa Ball: LaVar Learned Everything From Me!

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Here he is ... the man who REALLY created the Big Baller empire -- Grandpa Ball -- and he's spilling some family secrets to TMZ Sports

LaVar's dad was at LAX after returning from the NBA Draft -- and says LaVar treated the entire Ball family to one of the best meals of their lives after Lonzo Ball got picked #2 by the Lakers. 

"I had the best of everything!" 

Grandpa says he couldn't be more proud of his son and grandson -- but revealed some interesting differences about his parenting style. 

He also revealed his nickname for his son -- and why he doesn't call him "LaVar" like everyone else. 

It's great video ... and he even dishes out some words of wisdom for Lonzo when it comes to money. 

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