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LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball will 'last a month maximum' in Lithuania, former player says

The Lithuanian coach that once welcomed LaVar Ball and his sons ripped the trio Thursday, saying they “started destroying the club."

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have decided to take their talents overseas to Lithuania, where they hope to develop into prime professional players.

The teenage brothers will travel to the small town of Prienai, where they will play for Prienu Vytautas. Ben Brust, a former Wisconsin guard who played in Lithuania, said the Balls won't last long.

“I think they’ll last a month maximum,” Brust told Yahoo Sports. “It seems like the worst possible place they could have picked.”

Brust said the transition from sunny Southern California to the cold climate will be rough on the brothers. Given their age, the fact that few Lithuanians in the small town of 7,500 speak English, and the fact there is barely any sunlight in the winter months, it's not an ideal place to live.

“My American teammates and I would literally count down the days until we got back to America,” Brust said. “It was always cold and dark. There are only like 5 or 6 hours of sunlight every day, and you’re in a gym for half of it. It’s a good basketball league, but there are plenty of other places in Europe that I would much prefer to live.”

Brust said the luxury that college and some high school players are used to (nicer flights, upscale hotels) simply don't exist in Lithuania. Many times, Brust said he and his teammates would use ferries to get to games and stay in cheap hotels to cut costs.

Another challenge will be 19-year-old LiAngelo and 16-year-old LaMelo getting used to playing against grown men. LiAngelo barely lasted a few weeks with UCLA before he left after his shoplifting debacle, and LaMelo was pulled out of high school to be homeschool by the boys' father, LaVar Ball.

“It’s a low-level league, but it will still be a huge adjustment for them,” Francesco Cavalli, director of scouting for EuroHopes.com told Yahoo Sports. “They’ll play against players who aren’t as talented as some American players, but they’re more experienced and more physical, they make decisions quickly and they know every trick in the book. It’s just a totally different environment.”

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Brust said although he would be surprised to see the brothers succeed, it would make for great television.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Brust said with a laugh. “I want the new season of 'Ball in the Family, the Balls take on Lithuania,' to start ASAP. I’m intrigued to see someone of their popularity share the same experience I did.”