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    Ball brothers leave Lithuanian club due to injuries but LaVar says lack of playing time behind exit

    Apr 27, 2018
    Slowed down by injuries, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have decided to leave their Lithuanian team but their father LaVar insisted that diminished playing time was the issue behind their exit. AP

    LIANGELO and LaMelo Ball are leaving their Lithuania team by mutual agreement.

    BC Prienu Vytautas on Thursday (Friday, Manila time) announced the departure of the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. The team says LiAngelo injured an ankle and LaMelo has been bothered by back pain.

    Lithuanian basketball writer Donatas Urbonas says on Twitter that father LaVar Ball told him he was upset over LaMelo's diminished playing time.

    Nineteen-year-old LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points and 21.2 minutes in 14 games, and 16-year-old LaMelo averaged 6.5 points and 12.4 minutes in eight games.

    LiAngelo left UCLA in December after he was suspended for shoplifting during the Bruins' trip to China. He has declared for the NBA draft. LaMelo left his California high school to turn pro.

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    Slowed down by injuries, LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball have decided to leave their Lithuanian team but their father LaVar insisted that diminished playing time was the issue behind their exit. AP
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