Monday, 22 January, 2018

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball Shines In Their Overseas Professional Debut

LiAngelo Ball shuts down date offer from Lithuanian reporter LiAngelo Ball shuts down date offer from Lithuanian reporter
Lucia Summers | 12 January, 2018, 18:38

If you're anything like me, then you're constantly trying to stay up on what's happening in Lithuanian basketball.

While LiAngelo and LaMelo received all the attention from the crowd, the announcers and the viewers watching the game, the best National Basketball Association prospect on the floor might have been the Zalgiris point guard. I mean sure, we all spend our time watching BC Žalgiris.

The most impressive player was actually on the other team, as Valgiris's 17-year-old guard, Rokas Jokubaitis, scored 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting. It's tough to stay up to date.

The revamped court here in Prienai, Lithuania for the debuts of LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball.

The two teenagers, the youngest sons of LaVar Ball, whose oldest son Lonzo is a rookie with the Lakers, were competing in the first game of the Big Baller Brand Challenge. I use quotes because it was less a game and more a scrimmage between the Vytautas squad and a team that looked like it was made up of children.

It's apparent LaVar Ball's master plan to move his boys away to the relative obscurity of Lithuania's professional basketball league was a success branding opportunity.

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The Ball brothers, LaMelo B (10 points) and LiAngelo (19 points) had their moments.

The big takeaway? The whole thing was a joke. It was little more than a stacked high school basketball game where the Ball boys had 20-somethings on their team and the other team was all kids. There was a BBB logo at mid-court, another under each basket and signage promoting the brand's website surrounding the court. That said, it's unclear how much playing time LiAngelo and LaMelo will receive.

The Balls' goal still appears to be reaching the NBA, but the league requires prospective players to be one year out of high school before being eligible for the NBA Draft. LiAngelo didn't appear overmatched playing against younger competition.

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Balls these days.

The Ball family has been the center of controversy at just about every turn and the present day is no different.

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