The good news for LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball is that there are cheeseburgers.
And other American fast food. And malls – even if they might be a bit of a drive from the small village where their Lithuanian team is based. And a lot of people who speak English. And, of course, internet.
“I mean, it’s not as hard as everyone is kind of making it (to be) on TV,” said Derrick Low, the former Washington State star who spent three years playing in Lithuania after his college career ended. “But it is different. It’s a time to grow up.”
Low, who now trains basketball players through PROformance Hawaii, is one of dozens of American athletes to have played in Lithuania, which, as Charles Barkley pointed out on ESPN on Wednesday morning, has a strong basketball history. More than 30 players from Lithuania, according to RealGM, play in the NCAA this season.
Derrick Low – AP Photo/Chuck Burton
The two younger Balls – whose brother Lonzo is a guard for the Lakers – aren’t there to grow up in the same way other Americans have. They’re much younger. LiAngelo left UCLA a few months into his freshman season because he was facing a lengthy suspension after being caught…