And-Ones: Ball Brothers, Seattle, Mexico, World Cup

LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball may end up playing together in Lithuania, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Jonathan Givony of ESPN, who report that the Ball brothers are in “serious discussions” with Prienu Vytautas. The Lithuanian team intends to decide within the next day or two whether to officially sign Lonzo Ball‘s two younger brothers, sources tell Wojnarowski and Givony.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, who are looking to play together for a professional team after officially hiring an agent and forgoing their NCAA eligibility, likely wouldn’t get a chance to play many minutes in the Lithuanian (LKL) league, per ESPN’s report. According to Wojnarowski and Givony, the Ball brothers would likely see more action – perhaps 20 to 25 minutes per game – in the less competitive Baltic League. As Givony tweets, the pay for the Balls would almost certainly be minimal, and the small Lithuanian town of Prienai would hardly be a “glamorous” place to continue their careers.

Here are a few more odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • TNT’s David Aldridge is the latest reporter to examine the possibility of the NBA returning to Seattle. While the city looks like a good bet to be awarded an NHL franchise, the NBA and its team owners are less gung-ho about the idea of expansion, according to Aldridge, who notes that team owners wouldn’t want to further split the money from the league’s $24 billion TV deal.
  • In a separate – and interesting – piece for NBA.com, Aldridge takes an in-depth look at the range of emotions experienced by NBA head coaches who get fired.
  • With the NBA making a concerted effort to grow its brand in Mexico, this season’s G League All-Star Game will be replaced by a contest that pits G League All-Stars against the Mexican national team, per The Associated Press.
  • FIBA officially announced on Monday that the 2023 Basketball World Cup will be staged in multiple countries, with Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines earning hosting rights..
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7 thoughts on “And-Ones: Ball Brothers, Seattle, Mexico, World Cup

  1. Thomas Swanson

    Sounds like a great place for LaVar. Put him in exile where not many speak English, and no one will like him.

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  2. the dude

    Only last week everyone was reporting the ball boys wouldn’t get signed at all

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    • The report I kept seeing was that they wouldn’t be signed by an NBA team, and they’re still not. This league is farther from the NBA than the Pecos League is from Major League Baseball. They’re having to settle for the G-League like development league for the Lithuanian league. I’ve known people who graduated from NAIA programs, who wouldn’t even have had a chance to walk on at a D1 school like UCLA, that got signed by much higher leagues.

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  3. There’s some guys that play some basketball on Tuesday nights at an abandoned military prison next to a toxic waste dump in Bangladesh. Ball boys should check in.

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  4. OCTraveler

    Lavar would have funded his own team before he would have let anything spoil HIS dream of what’s best for his sons

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    • Thomas Swanson

      ESPN’s Jeff Goodman says this is a real small town and doesn’t want to get stuck there. Says they shoot a lot of 3’s and don’t play defense. Good thing is coach doesn’t speak English (LaVar).
      Says there’s 50% chance they actually go over and likely to stay a month if they do.
      I believe the guy who says LaVar’s problem is he doesn’t want anyone contolling him.
      He’s put the cart before the horse. Rumor is LaVar is sabotaging Luke walton with his relationship with Lonzo. How many of those $950 autographed Lonzo shoes has he sold? How many is he selling now?
      This isn’t about LiAngelo and LaMelo, it’s about LaVar getting more publicity. He was loser playing European football, dreamed of his boys being everything he wasn’t, and is a joke now.

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