LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball make their Lithuanian basketball debut on Tuesday, finally suiting up for BC Vytautas in a game against BC Žalgiris.
Tuesday night's game was broadcast live on Facebook and had more than 120,000 viewers at times. Fine. LaMelo had 10 points and nine assists and LiAngelo ended up with 19 with Vytautas winning 90-80.
There were a couple of highlights, such as LiAngelo's open-court dunk and LaMelo's sweet dish to his older brother.
But he still managed to hold his own. Shortly after taking the court, he bricked a pull-up three-pointer from about 30 feet. The company's logo was everywhere, including on the jerseys worn by the referees. ESPN's Mike Schmitz, who was in attendance, described Jokubaitis as "the top National Basketball Association prospect in the game" and contrasted the Lithuanian player's diligently honed skills with those of LaMelo Ball, who "plays a somewhat wild style and defense-free game". But LaVar Ball's circus-which had well over 100,000 tuning in at one point on Facebook-is just getting started.
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball touched down in the Baltic nation last week, dropping out of school at behest of their overbearing father. "People back home get to watch it".
LaMelo's choices with the ball in his hands often left a lot to be desired too.
LiAngelo is labeled as barely an National Basketball Association prospect at this point. Seventeen-year-old Rokas Jokubaitis scored 31 points, displaying the skill, maturity and discipline that LaMelo still needs to learn. I would go close to nearly threatening, 'If you keep opening your mouth. we are going to trade your son from the Lakers'.
LaMelo displayed his intriguing longterm potential as a scorer and distributor. LiAngelo meanwhile made some threes and looked okay, but again he was playing against younger kids.