LaVar Ball Says Language Barrier Won't Be Problem for LiAngelo, LaMelo

Emilio Banks
December 13, 2017

The 19-year-old LiAngelo, who recently left U.C.L.A.'s basketball team, the and 16-year-old LaMelo are expected to join Vytautas in January in the latest made-for-social-media drama created by LaVar Ball to try to build attention for his sons and his company, Big Baller Brand. That included plenty of memes, GIFs and videos anticipating the clash between enigmatic Vytautas head coach Virginijus Seskus - known as the "LaVar Ball of Lithuania" - and the real Ball family.

If signed, the franchise has hopes that the Balls - including their father LaVar - could be a marketing boon for the fledgling franchise, sources told ESPN.

After signing with an agent, both players were no longer eligible to play at the collegiate level, but will now meet the one-year out of high school requirement to declare for the National Basketball Association draft. He was taken out of Chino Hills (Calif.) High to be home-schooled for his junior year.

"We saw [fellow LKL team] Lietkabelis publicizing the fact that they have been approached by an agent representing the Ball brothers and we just got in touch with him and put forward the idea of them playing for Vytautas", Kubilius said.

Valanciunas-who played in the Lithuanian League before entering the NBA-added that "the sky's the limit" for the Ball Brothers. The town of Prienai has fewer than 10,000 residents.

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LiAngelo did not appear in a game for the Bruins this season before leaving school.

After ESPN reported on the seriousness of the talks between the Ball brothers and the European team on Monday afternoon, the two sides finalized the agreement hours later.

The team is 4-1 in the Baltic League, its lone loss coming on a forfeiture. Tickets cost around 5 euro.

For now, the Ball brothers are only locked in for one month, as both sides have the option to terminate the contract if all parties aren't satisfied with the arrangement. The game was abandoned with 3 minutes to go at 65-65 after the coach was ejected due to some questionable calls. LiAngelo is a limited ball handler and defender, and plays strictly below the rim. LaMelo's erratic style of play could well shock coaches and players alike in the Baltic League.

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