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LaVar Ball Says He & Vytautas Coach Are No Longer Friends After He Didn’t Start LaMelo, LiAngelo
Welp. The love affair that LaVar Ball had with the Vytautas Prienai-Birstonas head coach is officially over.
The outspoken father was very offended by Virginijus Seskus’ decision to not start both LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball against top-tier club Zalgiris Kaunas in the Lithuanian League over the weekend.
They ended up losing that game, but LaMelo and LiAngelo still balled out against better competition, with LiAngelo leading all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting, while LaMelo chipped in 19 points and six assists.
His boys may have had a great game, but LaVar felt as if them starting the game would’ve put them in a better position to win, rather than getting blown out 118-96.
Here’s LaVar’s comments following the game:
“We could win this game easily, but the coach doesn’t have confidence to let my boys do what they do. I told him the recipe how to win. If you don’t want to take that, it tells me you don’t want to win.
I’m a guy about loyalty. If my sons come to practice every day … We’re friendly, we have a nice friendship, they work hard. But you put guys who didn’t practice for the game before my boys? I don’t care about the game no more. I’m thinking about the loyalty right now. He showed me how much our friendship is worth.
That’s like if somebody is coming from another team, Croatia or anywhere, and I’m saying, ‘We want your boys, we have more money, we are a better team.’ And I’m like, ‘OK, Lithuania. I’m out!’ I ain’t do that!
But a guy he just brought the next day, another guy who didn’t practice the whole week, he starts them over my boys. I thought we were better than that. If you throw away our friendship like that, it shows it was worth nothing. So I’m good with that. I’m cool with that.
I’m really mad at a coach. I thought our friendship was better than that. I’ll say hi to him, but I’m not going to be his buddy anymore because he threw my friendship through the window. I’m not talking to him. I ain’t ready for any explanations no more.
I don’t be having fun watching the game no more. I’m like whatever.”