The two youngest Ball brothers have finally arrived home in the U.S after their three-month trip to Lithuania to play professional basketball, their Vytautas careers cut short after father LaVar Ball pulled them off the team due to differing opinions with the team.
According to sources, the time playing professionally was worthwhile for middle child LiAngelo Ball, who learned a lot from the experience, but it was a completely different story for youngest child LaMelo Ball.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman joined Outside The Lines on Tuesday, and spoke about conversations he had with some of LaMelo's former teammates in Lithuania, with one teammate even describing LaMelo as "lazy" and "arrogant".
"For LaMelo, it wasn't very good. He barely played in the Lithuanian League games. One former teammates described him to me earlier today as 'lazy' and 'arrogant.' Wasn't really engaged in the whole process. (He) played undisciplined, which we've seen in AAU ball. But didn't really get better. And that's the goal over there for a 16-year-old is to improve and get better. Multiple people I talked to on that team, on Vytautas, said LaMelo really never bought in."
LaMelo's attitude seemed to translate to his play on the court, as the youngest Ball brother didn't play that many minutes, and when he was on the court, averaged a measly 6.5 points per game on a woeful 27%.