Lithuanian club BC Prienai, the new employer of LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, has reportedly increased ticket prices by 167 percent ahead of the brother’s professional debuts, according to freelance reporter Simonas Baranauskas.
In reality, that means the cost of admission to see the Balls and their new team has only jumped from about €3 to €8, which translates to $9 US, or one 55th of a pair of older brother Lonzo’s ZO2s. Such is life in the middling Baltic Basketball League.
The Balls are expected to debuts Jan. 8 vs. BC Tsmoki-Minsk. For superfans, getting into the arena is a steal, but actually travelling to rural northern Europe is another concern altogether.
LaMelo Ball’s high school Chino Hills games had so many people coming to watch that security had to turn people down at the high school front doors. LiAngelo was about to play for one of the most storied college basketball schools in basketball history.
Now they will be playing in front of packed house and by packed house I mean there will be packs of stray dogs roaming around the gym freely while 8 middle aged Czech men sweat over a greasy basketball and two young men from California who don’t speak the language attempt to avoid getting cut off from their family’s money.
$9 is probably mega expensive over in Lithuania. That’s an annual salary in the Baltics. Either you watch the Ball Brothers play or you buy a turnip. Those are your choices. Can’t wait until Lavar leaves them over there if they don’t get drafted next summer.