Ball brothers officially sign with Lithuania team

13 December, 2017, 05:16 | Author: Greg Santos
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Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, the eldest of LaVar Ball's three sons, took the traditional route to the National Basketball Association in 2016-17. LiAngelo and LaMelo are scheduled to land in Lithuania on January 4 and play their first Baltic League on January 9, so the Hurricanes coach isn't saying they will be back in the United States within the next three weeks.

LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after they suspended him indefinitely due to a shoplifting incident in China. Lamelo, 16, had verbally agreed to play for the Bruins; he has been home-schooled since leaving Chino Hills High School as a junior.

The franchise is hoping the Ball brothers - and father LaVar - can be a publicity boon to the fledgling organization.

The club, Vytautas Prienai, also plays in the Baltic League, which features a lower level of competition that could be key to both the Balls getting appreciable playing time.

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"I don't care about the money", LaVar told ESPN last week. While the Balls were not expected to see much time on the floor in the Lithuanian League, the team had reportedly discussed roles of 20-25 minutes per game each in the Baltic League. The team has been grappling with financial issues and started the season losing eight of its first 12 games in the Lithuanian league. Tickets cost around 5 euros. Even so, his shot selection is questionable and he has struggled to impact winning.

The Ball Brothers will start to play in Europe and their performance in Vytautas will decide their fate in the National Basketball Association.

LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball in a meme next to a cutout of coach Virginijus Seskus.

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