LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball touched down in Lithuania last week to great fanfare as they prepared to begin their professional basketball career for BC Vytautas.
On Tuesday, all the talk and anticipation and crazy statements from LaVar Ball finally gave way to actual basketball being played by the youngest Ball boys as Vytautas took on BC Zalgiris at home. In warmups, it appeared to be a very different vibe than the Ball brothers are probably accustomed to going through in pregame, but the atmosphere was raucous as people packed the small gym for their debut.
And yes, Vytautas’ court is sponsored by Big Baller Brand, with giant BBB logos adorning center court and the restricted areas.
Even the refs rocked BBB logo shirts.
LiAngelo Ball got the starting nod, with LaMelo coming off of the bench for Vytautas, but both quickly made their presence known when they were on the floor. LiAngelo’s early impact came on the defensive end with a couple of quality plays at the rim as he adopted the role of small-ball rim protector. LaMelo, however, announced his arrival in the exact fashion one would have expected from him: hoisting a contested 30-footer.