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- LaVar Ball took over head coaching duties for his sons’ Lithuanian team in the final game of the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games.
- LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball had the best games of their young, professional careers, as they combined for 71 points, 19 rebounds, and 15 assists.
- The Big Baller Brand Challenge Games are now over and the Balls’ future in Lithuanian basketball is uncertain.
After LaVar Ball’s successful stint as an assistant coach for one game, he was promoted to head coach of Vytautas Prienai for one game on Sunday for their game against Jonava – the final game of the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games.
Ball coached the team to victory with a high-offense, low-defense gameplan that helped Vytautas to a 151-120 victory. It was also the best game of either of his sons’ young careers, as LaMelo Ball had 40 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists and LiAngelo Ball was close behind with 31 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Despite the brothers lighting it up on the court, it was of LaVar Ball who stole the show.
Before the game tipped off, the elder Ball inspired the team with his plan of “Operation Beat Down,” which consisted of three parts – run fast, have fun, and “whoop that a–.” The locker room seemed slightly less enthused about the plan than Ball.
— ProCity Hoops™ (@ProCityHoops) January 28, 2018
After the game, Ball was also a sight to see in his first ever professional postgame press conference, where he claimed he told Vytautas’ head coach Virginijus Šeškus to “go lay down, get him some milk and cookies, and relax,” and compared his players three point shooting to Uzis.
Can’t tell what I likeabout this presser more, LaVar saying “I don’t lose, I canbe a head coach anytime” or him telling the press the othercoach told him “How LaVar right all the time?” pic.twitter.com/f0jFtw2qRr
— Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) January 28, 2018
With the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games now over, it’s unclear what the Balls’ future in Lithuanian basketball will be. The series of five exhibition games were put in place to give the Ball brothers more time on the court, and succeeded in that regard. Now that Vytautas is back focused on LKL play, playing time and the Ball brothers’ value to the team are now in question.
Whatever their next move is, there’s no doubt LaVar will let the world know about it soon enough.