Sports fans are still shaking their heads over the news that NBA hopefuls LaMelo Ball, 16, and LiAngelo Ball, 18, will play for a pro basketball team all the way in Lithuania, a country in Europe.
Bleacherreport.com writer David Pick detailed the meager life awaiting the Ball brothers in an article titled “What Are LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball Getting Themselves into in Lithuania?”
via Bleacherreport.com — Former American players say the rural Lithuanian town where the two teens have signed to play is like living on a farm. No restaurants, no malls, but hey, no traffic congestion. Players stay at the Royal SPA Residence in Birstonas, 10 minutes from the arena.
“You can count on one hand the amount of street lights in that city,” said veteran American pro player Billy Baron, who spent his rookie season in Europe at Rytas Vilnius for the man who will be the Ball brothers’ new coach, Virginijus Seskus. “There is nothing to do in that place. It’s the ultimate life of going to practice and back to the hotel.”
The Ball brothers should feel right at home with their new coach, Virginijus Seskus, who is reportedly as erratic as their father, LaVar Ball.
A former player for the Lithuanian team, Mike Moser, described coach Seskus as “crazy”.
“I had good coaches; he wasn’t one of them. I don’t care if you’re a rookie or a vet, he’s hard to play for.”
Moser continued: “He used to get so mad and kick balls in practice. He was always yelling and cursing for no reason, even at the locals. If he coaches the same, those boys LiAngelo and LaMelo will be home within a month.”