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Kenan Thompson impersonates Lavar Ball to talk Lithuanian basketball
Kenan Thompson was back on ‘Saturday Night Live’ this past weekend doing his Lavar Ball impersonation and updating folks on life in Lithuania for LiAngelo and LaMelo.
Asked by Michael Che about the decision to pull LiAngelo from UCLA and LaMelo from Chino Hills High School to play in Lithuania, Thompson retorted: “Man, they living the dream, Michael. I told them, ‘Pack up your things. We moving up. I’m taking you out of this dump called Los Angeles and we going to Prienu Vytautas where the forecast is always a crisp negative 2 degrees Celsius and 100 percent chance of freezing rain. Never dry. Never dry.'”
“And you think the Lithuania league is good training to play in the NBA?”
“Absolutely, I love the Lithuanian league. All white teammates. Nobody above 140 pounds. Vitamin deficiencies. Soft teeth. All layups. No dunks. Perfect training for the NBA, I love it. Every night the crowd of 61 people just goes wild, cheering and waving wooden spoons in the air.”
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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.