Two of the Ball brothers will play professionally in Lithuania after a series of unfortunate events made basketball life in the United States untenable. On one hand, we have common consensus that this is going to be an absolute train wreck for LiAngelo and LaMelo. On the other is the very remote possibility LaVar actually knows what he’s doing.
The Ball patriarch has repeatedly publicly clashed with his sons’ coaches because he’s the smartest person in the world and there can be only one Alpha. With that in mind, let’s check in on the brothers’ new skipper, Virginijus Šeškus, and see what he’s all about.
Prominant former American player who played for Ball brothers's new coach had some insight on him: 1. Competent coach w/free-wheeling pick-and-roll offense. 2. Speaks no English 3. Screams the entire game. 4. Sold meat out of his car trunk to his players after practice. I swear.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) December 12, 2017
Point #1 is reassuring. Any successful European-style offense must have freedom of movement. Point #2 could prove problematic. Point #3 as well.
Then there’s Point #4 from Franschilla. Šeškus has a side hustle where he hocks meat from the trunk of his car. What are we supposed to do with that information besides have a deep laugh?
Perhaps this is the coastal elite talking, but when I think “Big Baller,” I do not envision a guy in a track suit haggling over car salami and kielbasa.
Anyway, it should be fun to see the Balls, especially LaVar, assimilate to life under the Baltic version of Jim Tomsula. The potential for disaster — and entertainment — is high.