LaVar Ball and his boys introduced themselves to the international community in a big way on Tuesday, January 9, as young LaMelo put up a highlight reel worthy performance and LiAngelo put his China debacle behind him in their professional debut in Prienai, Lithuania.
The Ball brothers combined for 29 points, with LiAngelo putting up 19 and grabbing three rebounds, and LaMelo adding 10 points, nine assists and six turnovers to Vytautas’ 90-80 win over Zalgiris. While the event proved to be an exciting one for the 1,500 people in attendance to see the Cali boys’ coming out party, it was just as exciting for father LaVar and his Big Baller Brand company, which sponsored the game. Tuesday’s contest was the first of five “friendly” games being showcased under the “Big Baller Brand Challenge Games” banner.
To the more than 100,000 viewers who streamed the event via Facebook, it was a BBB extravaganza, with BBB logos printed at the halfcourt, under each basket, and around the arena, in addition to the rotating BBB digital ads surrounding the court. LaVar and his wife Tina sat courtside to watch the matchup playout, and after the game, the boisterous basketball dad rewarded the game’s MVP with a pair of Big Baller Brand sneakers.