LaVar Ball predictably pulls sons LaMelo, LiAngelo from Lithuania over coaching dispute

LaVar Ball (R) has pulled sons LaMelo (L) and LiAngelo out of the Lithuanian Basketball League that heralded their arrival. (AP)
LaVar Ball (R) has pulled sons LaMelo (L) and LiAngelo out of the Lithuanian Basketball League that heralded their arrival. (AP)

LaVar Ball hasn’t been in the news for a while and hasn’t feuded with one of his sons’ coaches in a while, which makes today’s news regarding the world’s most notorious sports dad all too predictable.

You will be shocked to learn LaVar Ball is pulling his sons LaMelo and LiAngelo off their Lithuanian professional team over a dispute with BC Vytautas Prienai coach Virginijus Seskus regarding LiAngelo’s playing time, according to Lithuanian basketball and Ball family beat reporter Donatas Urbonas.

This is straight out of LaVar’s playbook. He has publicly questioned his sons’ high school, college and professional coaches, pulling LaMelo out of California’s Chino Hills High in October, pulling LiAngelo out of UCLA in December (three weeks after he was arrested for shoplifting in China), and telling ESPN in January that his son Lonzo and the Los Angeles Lakers “don’t want to play for” coach Luke Walton.

This is either a publicity stunt, just plain quitting or both. Vytautas (8-24), currently dead last in the Lithuanian Basketball League and facing relegation to the country’s second-tier league, has two games left on its schedule after this weekend. The Balls signed one-year deals in December that came with contract guarantee options that were picked up for the remainder of the season in February.

LiAngelo, 19, averaged 12.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting and 2.9 rebounds in 21.7 minutes per game, mostly off the bench, over 14 appearances for Vytautas, according to He has reportedly been battling an ankle injury. The 16-year-old LaMelo, meanwhile, has appeared in just eight games, averaging 6.5 points on 26.8 percent shooting and 2.4 minutes in 12.8 minutes, per RealGM’s database.

LiAngelo declared for the 2018 NBA draft in March, but he is not expected to be drafted, despite his dad’s dream of all three sons playing for the Lakers in 2020. When LiAngelo goes undrafted, LaVar will make news with his two younger sons’ next team and a feud with the next coach will surely follow.

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