TMZ caught up with Lavar and the two sons on Tuesday in advance of the Lakers-Knicks game where Lonzo and the Lakers will come to Madison Square Garden. Asked what the biggest struggle in going to Lithuania will be, Lavar said, “There’s not going to be a struggle at all.” Asked about the language barrier, he said, “Who cares? We’re going to play basketball.” I caught up with both players on Sunday in New York and both said they were anxious to play together –and to get back on the court soon. “Yeah, hopefully somewhere, me and Melo [are] going to go play,” LiAngelo said in this Bleacher Report story. “I don’t know where it’s at yet, but I know we’re going to be playing soon.”
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! pic.twitter.com/QOu6QCtMdf— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) December 12, 2017
From what I’m told, salaries for players at this level of competition usually don’t exceed $500 per month in the absolute best case. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Ball brothers ended up playing for free. Certainly not the most glamorous league or part of the world to live in.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 11, 2017
Lavar Ball, the players’ father, pulled LiAngelo, 19, out of UCLA Dec. 4 in the wake of LiAngelo’s arrest in China on shoplifting charges. He had previously pulled LaMelo, 16, out of Chino Hills and is now home-schooling him.
I don’t know about you guys, but I would watch the hell out of a reality TV show of the Ball brothers in the Lithuanian village, surrounded by non-english speakers, w/LaVar in the stands (potentially mic’d up) watching them in the Baltic League. Has to be the end game here right?— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 11, 2017
“Somewhere overseas,” LaMelo added to Bleacher Report of where he plans to play now. “Just as long as we play together, that’s the main goal.”
He said it doesn’t matter how far from home they have to go to make it happen. “We already know we’re going far away from home, so that doesn’t really matter,” LaMelo said.
Lavar has said he will probably go with the boys at first to their new destination, and then one or more of their uncles will stay with them.
The Ball’s to Lithuania is a disaster waiting to happen (I played there for a year and hated it). This is a picture of the teams gym that the Ball brothers would play at. Not exactly BIG BALLER material #BBB pic.twitter.com/STkQ57YRS5— Ben Brust (@BenBrust) December 11, 2017