Sports dad LaVar Ball is shipping his sons LiAngelo, left, and LaMelo off to Lithunia to play for a pro basketball team. LaVar announced the decision on Instagram.com last night.
“LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are Officially Professional Basketball Players,” he wrote under images of his sons signing pro contracts.
The news comes a week after LiAngelo, 18, dropped out of UCLA after the school suspended him indefinitely for stealing a pair of expensive Louis Vuitton sunglasses in China in November.
LaVar denied sports writer Jason Whitlock‘s report that LiAngelo stole the glasses after his credit card was declined.
LaVar pulled his youngest son, 16-year-old LaMelo, out of high school because he wasn’t happy with the coach. Neither Ball brother were considered to be NBA prospects like their older brother, L.A. Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, 20.
Lithuania is not exactly a tourist destination. The team is broke and tickets to a game cost $5 (or about what a JAY-Z concert ticket costs).
According to ESPN, the LIthuanian team “plays in a 1,700-seat arena; 500 of those seats are reserved for team sponsors and their friends. Tickets cost around 5 euros. The team has no general manager and doesn’t practice regularly due to the poor financial situation.”
Additionally, the coach’s son is considered the best player on the Lithuanian team.
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are Officially Professional Basketball Players. Both Ball Brothers have signed to play for Club "Prienai" in Lithuania. It's not about the money for the Ball Brothers. They have a passion to play Basketball and to experience playing as pros was the Goal. They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off. The Big Baller way! #BBB #Familyfirst #builtforthis