Big Baller Brand faces big challenge with youngest stars playing overseas

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Taking Big Baller Brand to Lithuania is going to be about more than just basketball.

And no, not necessarily all in a good way. Lonzo’s two younger brothers are officially heading overseas to play professionally, and this will also be taking the family brand to new heights and dragging LaVar with it.

After pulling LiAngelo out of high school and LaMelo out of college because of issues that LaVar had personally with the institutions his sons were representing when it came to how they were being coached, Lithuania’s basketball atmosphere has another thing coming.

At first it was uncertain just who would end up signing the Ball brothers, but now they have their chance to prove everybody wrong. There is the chance that this could all work out in their favor and they could do exceptionally well and finally land on an NBA team’s radar.

But there’s a bigger chance that this could all back fire.

LiAngelo couldn’t last a few days in China without getting into legal trouble, LaMelo is the youngest player to ever play and sign overseas in the history of the sport, and LaVar has about the loudest mouth you could possibly have.

All of this heading for a crash course in the summer where LaVar thinks it’s a tangible idea to have LaMelo ready for the NBA Draft and will be pushing to play alongside Lonzo in Los Angeles. We’ve said that LaVar Ball is a little off his rocker before, but he was spot on about where Lonzo ended up despite the hype and the questions, even getting it down to when he’d be selected at number two overall.

I can’t put it past LaVar to have some sort of master plan in place for his other two boys, but expect this one to be a much more bumpy road. They carry the burden of proof now to prove that they can both play at an NBA level.

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This all while Lonzo struggles to find his identity and place in Los Angeles. We’d better buckle up, because this wild ride is really just getting started.