FILE- In this Sept. 14, 2016 file photo, actor, director LeVar Burton smiles as he takes his seat in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress in Washington. More than three decades after the Reading Rainbow program began to encourage reading among children, the show's longtime host, LeVar Burton, is now focusing his efforts to promote literacy in the digital realm. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

LeVar Burton and LaVar Ball are two different dudes. 

One played Lt. Geordi LaForge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," the other is hoping he's raised the next generation of hoops superstars. 

You might think you didn't need a reminder, but at least one Twitter user did:







The confusion may have been worth it just for this picture: 



So let's draw some quick distinctions beyond the spelling of their first name and different last names. That way, you don't have to take our word for it. 

LeVar Burton hosted "Reading Rainbow," both the classic show that ran for more than two decades on PBS and the recent reboot with a popular app and Youtube videos. 

LaVar Ball is trying to make the most of the popularity of his three sons, UCLA's Lonzo Ball and high-schoolers LaMelo and LiAngelo, both of whom have committed to play for the Bruins. LaMelo, a sophomore, is already a viral sensation thanks to his 92-point game and halfcourt shots.

LeVar Burton starred in "Roots," the famed 1977 miniseries, and tried to bring it back with a cable miniseries last year.

LaVar Ball is trying to bring back Charles Barkley to the court, challenging him in an escalating back-and-forth to a one-on-one hoops game.







Anybody got any LaVar Ball highlights they could share? Hit us up.

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Hopefully that clears things up.