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Why La Melo Ball's first pro game in Lithuania could steer his NBA career Why La Melo Ball's first pro game in Lithuania could steer his NBA career
Kristopher Love | 12 January, 2018, 18:35

I would go close to nearly threatening, 'If you keep opening your mouth. we are going to trade your son from the Lakers'. I mean sure, we all spend our time watching BC Žalgiris.

The youngest two sons of Lavar Ball finally made their much anticipated professional debut in the inaugural game of the "Big Baller Brand Challenge". But the other teams?

U.S. basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018.

Who was this mysterious media member who had the guts to ask out her 19-year-old subject? "Just another game to me".

It's apparent LaVar Ball's master plan to move his boys away to the relative obscurity of Lithuania's professional basketball league was a success branding opportunity. And considering they were playing against other 16 and 17 year olds, the Balls looked.

With LaVar Ball seated at midcourt alongside the boys' mother, Tina, LiAngelo Ball finished with 19 points and LaMelo Ball had 10 to help Prienai to a 90-80 win over Zalgiris.

The big takeaway? The whole thing was a joke. Vytautas is already seeing the benefits as they've become the most popular team in the country as a result.

There were a couple of highlights, such as LiAngelo's open-court dunk and LaMelo's sweet dish to his older brother.

LaMelo flashed the court vision that has him being considered one of the top prospects in his high school class, but he paired it with spotty shooting and spottier shot choice. According to Lithuanian basketball writer Jonas Miklovas, LiAngelo was 1-of-5 from three-point territory but made seven of his 14 shots from inside the arc.

There's a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Balls these days.

Even though BC Vytautas is a losing team based in a remote region of Lithuania and coached by a man who speaks minimal English, there were some obvious selling points for the Ball family.