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The Ball bros are going overseas to play for the ‘Lavar Ball of Lithuania’

LaVar Ball has taken his younger two songs, LiAngelo (19) and LaMelo (16) out of American schools at UCLA and Chino Hills to bring them to the storied courts of the… Lithuanian league.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the younger Balls will sign with Lithuanian club Prienu Vytautas.

This is a truly bizarre turn in the ever-changing Ball saga. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, an expert on European basketball prospects, broke down what the younger Balls can expect in their new Lithuanian home.

First of all, Givony said the Balls “are not expected to see major playing time for Prienu Vytautas” but may be granted more time in the Baltic League, “where the stakes are much lower.”

Givony then claimed that he wouldn’t be surprised if “the Ball brothers ended up playing for free” in what is far from the most “glamorous league or part of the world to live in.”

That’s a little harsh on Lithuania but going from a charmed life in Southern California, where the Balls have grown up and been local stars their whole life, to this austere Eastern Bloc country will be personally testing for sure.

Givony touched on this, describing the “major culture shock” LaMelo and LiAngelo will experience on their move to Prienai.

The Balls are perhaps helped by the fact that, as Givony reports, Virginijus Seskus, the head coach of Prienu Vytautas, has been called “the LaVar Ball of Lithuania” and his “high energy” will be familiar to LaVar’s sons.

Lithuania, a small Baltic nation with less than 3 million people, has a respectable history of NBA players like Jonas Valanciunas, Donatas Motiejunas, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Arvydas Sobonis, and his son Domas.

This is truly the most bizarre twist yet in the Ball family story. It’s unclear if LaVar Ball has made a misstep or if this is another stroke of genius.