The Ball brothers don’t appear to be stars yet over in Lithuania.
Saturday afternoon, in their second professional game for Lithuanian squad Vytautas, the Ball brothers – LiAngelo and LaMelo – were held scoreless. The duo combined for just 14 minutes of action, and neither hit a shot. LiAngelo finished 0-for-3 from the floor, while LaMelo finished 0-for-4.
The duo combined for 29 points in their first game earlier this week, but that game was considered a friendly – and it didn’t count in the league standings.
LaVar Ball was interviewed by Overtime during the game. Ball said that the coach should be playing his boys together more – noting that if they did, the team would have had more points in the first half.
“They need to play my boys together more. Together more, transitional buckets. You won’t have 41 at the half.”
LiAngelo Ball started the 2017 campaign as a member of the UCLA Bruins, but after a shoplifting incident over in China, he was suspended by the program for an indefinite amount of time. He later left the Bruins, landing in Lithuania.
LaMelo Ball is just 16, and dropped out of high school to focus on basketball while being home-schooled. He will not be eligible to play college basketball as a result of his decision to sign with Vytautas.
The goal, obviously, is for both players to develop overseas and eventually return to play in the NBA – alongside their brother Lonzo, who was drafted No. 2 overall by the Los Angeles Lakers last year. It’s unclear whether that’ll happen.
Just let LaVar coach the team 😱 pic.twitter.com/qDIvE94Wde
— Overtime (@overtime) January 13, 2018
For those wondering, Vytautas lost the contest, 95-86.