LaMelo and LiAngelo - the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Lonzo Ball - began the process of exploring global deals last week. At the highest levels in Europe, basketball is highly competitive and coaches are vying for wins and job security, but Vytautas, which is based in a town of about 10,000 people, is reportedly struggling to attract fans and could use the publicity the Balls likely will bring.
This emerging organization hopes to gain some publicity from the Ball Brothers and father LaVar Ball. He left the team after a month. LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA after the school suspended him following a shoplifting incident on the team's tour of China. He was taken out of Chino Hills (Calif.) High to be home-schooled for his junior year.
The Ball brothers were supposed to become a dynasty of sorts at U.C.L.A., with Lonzo, the eldest, giving way to LiAngelo who would give way to LaMelo.
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Valanciunas-who played in the Lithuanian League before entering the NBA-added that "the sky's the limit" for the Ball Brothers. They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off. 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 euro.
It is believed the brothers signed a one-year contract. The game was abandoned with 3 minutes to go at 65-65 after the coach was ejected due to some questionable calls.
The news comes after reports that LiAngelo and LaMelo were mulling options to sign internationally, according to Yahoo Sports. LaMelo's erratic style of play could well shock coaches and players alike in the Baltic League.