LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball Combine for 29 Points In Lithuania Debut

LiAngelo & LaMelo Ball Combine for 29 Points In Lithuania Debut

About 1,500 people packed a gym in the tiny Lithuanian town of Prienai to see the professional debuts of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. For branding purposes, it was a home run. The first was during the siblings' Tuesday, Jan. 9 premiere which was streamed on Facebook Live and the games will continue through Jan. 28. On top of that, it was a massive branding operation for LaVar, who slapped the BBB logo on everything including the refs.

Prienu Vytautas, a Lithuanian club, signed the brothers to one-year contracts and withdrew from the Baltic Basketball League to play in a series of exhibition games arranged by the elder Ball's infamous company, Big Baller Brand. It " s not often that people from around the world are tuning in to a B squad Lithuanian game, but that's what the Balls bring to the table.

LaMelo finishes at the rim. After all, LaMelo's 3.1 million Instagram followers are a couple hundred thousand more than the entire population of Lithuania.

The Ball family has been the center of controversy at just about every turn and the present day is no different. LaMelo and LiAngelo had the opportunity to receive ample playing time and their transition to a new team in a far-flung country would provide must-see fodder for the third season of the Ball's reality TV show. And by children, I mean ones that looked even younger than the Ball boys. In comments published Sunday by ESPN, Ball told Goodman that Lakers Coach Luke Walton is "not connecting" with his players, who are "not playing for Luke no more". LaMelo scored 10 points, dished out nine assists and left the crowd gasping and cheering with some of his dazzling no-look and behind-the-back passes.

LaMelo started on the bench for Vytautas, and the 16-year-old tried to make up for lost time when he entered the game in the first quarter.

Big Baller branding everywhere. Shortly after taking the court, he bricked a pull-up three-pointer from about 30 feet.

"Not a lot", LaMelo said.