Lithuanian coach: Ball brothers to 'play a lot of minutes'

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Posted at Jan 02 2018 09:22 AM | Updated as of Jan 02 2018 09:23 AM

UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball arrives at LAX after flying back from China where he was detained on suspicion of shoplifting, in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 14, 2017. Lucy Nicholson, Reuters

The coach of the Lithuanian team where LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are set to play said the brothers "will play a lot of minutes" once they get on the court in the coming days.

LiAngelo, 19, and LaMelo, 16, are expected to arrive in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Wednesday and make their overseas debuts Jan. 9. They recently signed one-year professional basketball contracts with Lithuanian club Prienai Vytautas.

Virginijus Seskus, the head coach of the team, told ESPN on Monday that he has watched plenty of highlights of the Ball brothers on YouTube.

"They are young, but I can promise that they will play a lot and I hope we will help them to get better and they will help us to win more games," Seskus said through his son, Edvinus, who is a guard on the team. "We are waiting for them. Don't worry, they will play."

Virginijus Seskus said he plans to play the brothers in both Baltic and Lithuanian league games.

Vytautas will play host to Tsmoki-Minsk on Jan. 9 in a Baltic league game, considered lower-level than the Lithuanian league contests. The Ball brothers are expected to see playing time in their first Lithuanian league game on Jan. 13 at Lietkabelis.

"They will play, but how many minutes it depends how they will play in the game," Seskus said. "But still they will play, and they will also play in the Lithuanian league.

"How much they will play depends the opponent, and what the strategy will be. But both will play a lot of minutes so that means that they will play for sure on the court at the same time."

LaVar Ball, the creator of Big Baller Brand and the father of three sons in a famous basketball family, pulled LaMelo from Chino Hills High School prior to his junior season and then LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA in early December. 

LiAngelo Ball was serving an indefinite suspension for a shoplifting incident in China just before the start of the Bruins' season.

LaVar Ball previously said the goal was to find a league overseas where both of his younger sons could play on the court together. His oldest son, 20-year-old Lonzo Ball, was the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and is the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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