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Thursday / January 18.
  • LaVar Ball: ‘We’ll go over there [to Lithuania] for a hot minute just to let ’em know before these boys get on the Lakers’

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    LaVar Ball and sons LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball flew to Lithuania from California on Tuesday as the boys are set to begin playing professionally there this week with Vytautas Prienai.

    “We’ll go over there [to Lithuania] for a hot minute just to let ’em know before these boys get on the Lakers,” the elder Ball told TMZ.

    LiAngelo, 19, pulled out of UCLA following his arrest in China in November for shoplifting, while LaMelo, 16, previously withdrew from Chino Hills (CA) High School.

    LaVar has said he hopes to have both boys eventually join older brother Lonzo on the Lakers, but LaMelo won’t be eligible to play in the NBA until he’s 19.

    LaVar told TMZ he expects his boys to dominate overseas — but for “less than a couple years” before returning to L.A. to play for the Lakers.

    LaVar Ball told TMZ he might buy a new home in Lithuania, which he referred to as the “Big Baller house”

    When I interviewed the boys last month for Bleacher Report and asked if they felt they’d be missing out on the college experience, they both said no and that they trusted their father.

    “It’s fun,” LiAngelo said of UCLA. “I respect the coaches and stuff, and I had friends on the team, but I don’t feel like I’m missing out. I still gotta go my own way. I just gotta take a different route.

    “Yeah, [college is] fun, but the real world is fun too, so I don’t feel like I’m missing out on nothing.”

    Of his father, he added: “He knows what he’s doing, so I just trust the process.”

    Meantime, ESPN dispatched Jeff Goodman to cover the Balls’ arrival.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.