The Ball Boys, LaMelo and LiAngelo, combined 0-7 in their first league game for their Lithuanian team Prienu Vytautas.
The pair had been putting up big numbers in the Big Baller Challange, the exhibition tournament set up by their dad LaVar in which Vytautas's reserves play junior teams. But action against men proved too much for the 16 and 19-year old.
The team's head coach Virginijus Seskus spoke to the USA Today about the Ball Boys, who have a lot to learn.
“When I watch them in practices, they stand out, especially the little one. You can’t control that little chipmunk,” Seskus said on Lithuanian TV, via a rough translation. “You say, ‘Don’t shoot 40-footers.’ Next thing you know, he’s shooting 40-footers.
“He’s used to doing that stuff. They’re not used to training hard. You need to make them give 100 percent in practices.”
“The older one, LiAngelo, he takes this stuff more serious and he tries to involve his brother,” Seskus said, before adding that he has seen Gelo chiding Melo about listening to the coach.
The coach suggested that while it’s fine for the teenagers to partake in the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games, once those five scrimmages against youth squads have come and gone, “They’ll see that we’re a serious team. They will need to stop playing around.”
That's a long way from the NBA.