• Published: 21 February 2018
  • Coach Nick broke out the footage from Vytautas in Lithuania to see how LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball stack up against the competition. Also, Luke Bonner joins Coach Nick to give more perspective to what it's like being a former Division 1 basketball player playing in that country.
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Comments • 663

  • Tkhari Smith
    Tkhari Smith  3 months back


    • Tim
      Tim  6 months back

      Lamelo is just a cocky clown... Instagram "Pro Player"... Came to a real game, not even highest level, didn't do sh*t... Stop making stupid people famous. Overrated...

      • andrewdorie
        andrewdorie  8 months back

        At the end of the day, their attitudes negate their talent to points at which they can’t be on the floor. And now, at Spire, Lamelo is again playing with a team that doesn’t seem to run any semblance of an offense. The kid has talent and has grown physically into someone who could be interesting at PG—but try to name one successful basketball player who didn’t/doesn’t play hard (or even seriously). I mean, the kid looks like he’s playing in an exhibition game regardless of the circumstances.

        • Dainius Neliupsis
          Dainius Neliupsis  8 months back

          Guess what in lithuania i saw LaVar ball in mcdonalds

          • Godfrey of Bouillon
            Godfrey of Bouillon  9 months back

            It shows what a huge gap there is between amateurs and pros. LKL is not even close to what you consider a strong league, and most of his opponents were not even good enough for Eurocup level leave alone Euroleague. And yet they still were _professionals_ which apparently was miles and leagues better skill than these amateurs

            • Timothywn02
              Timothywn02  10 months back

              This was honestly pretty gross to watch, with Melo. The effort you see on these defensive plays is absolutely pathetic because he doesn't care, and then on offense he suddenly goes full speed, because its a chance for a highlight. So he just jacks up some dumb shot that is gonna get him benched immediately in the NBA, assuming he ever gets there

              • Ginee Stover
                Ginee Stover  10 months back


                • Mr Clean
                  Mr Clean  11 months back

                  Funny old man ball talks a good game you would think these kids were the God's Gift to basketball but they basically suck!

                  • Marijus Grikietis
                    Marijus Grikietis  12 months back


                    • Chris Broussard
                      Chris Broussard  1 years back

                      I think Melo learned alot by being over there.

                      • Cancer Police
                        Cancer Police  2 years back

                        First UNleashed. Now UNdrafted

                        • Jun Thao
                          Jun Thao  2 years back

                          Lazy Ball

                          • ThelastJoke
                            ThelastJoke  2 years back


                            • B_vontae
                              B_vontae  2 years back

                              They are only 19 & 16. These issues are easy fixes. It’ll be interesting to see if they improve over the next two years. They are good young players. Defense takes effort and studying that’ll get better. Melo will get better at decision making and Gelo has to improve his handle. Nice upside for both.

                              • Jerrod Bell
                                Jerrod Bell  2 years back

                                U can't control that lil chipmunk lol

                                • pegasoos
                                  pegasoos  2 years back

                                  Anyone who played amateur basketball before knows that they are not good enough to reach high level, maybe gelo could make in low level european teams but dont even think of the NBA.. The passion to play defence must be in your blood, and you cant inject it afterwards..

                                  • Vante Pearson
                                    Vante Pearson  2 years back

                                    He 16 wait till he get 18 when his hops fully developed. He will be more athletic by then like lonzo. He will be taller than lonzo too

                                    • Patrick j Oconnor
                                      Patrick j Oconnor  2 years back

                                      BALLS ARE NOT PRO MITERIAL

                                      • Super terrific R
                                        Super terrific R  2 years back

                                        Wow! Talk about Haters! Everything this guy said was false! Their LKL team sucked before the Balls got there. They lost the first game by 40 points without the Balls traveling with the team. The dumbass coach does not like to run the team at a fast pace like this idiot guys said. in fact when Lavar suggested it he said it would tire his own players out and he refused to try it! So wtf are you talking about?? And when the Balls finally got more minutes the games started to be closer but the coach refused to play both Balls together. This is just Hater Garbage at a very low level!

                                        • GARDEN STATE SMOKE
                                          GARDEN STATE SMOKE  2 years back

                                          He's only 16 he will cook next year.

                                          • KunaiForce
                                            KunaiForce  2 years back

                                            Can we get an updated draft video for liangelo? Lot of people saying he’s getting adjusted to the pro game and would now be the leading scorer of the league if he qualified. 45 percent from 3 also. Will the shooting translate to get a summer league invite ?

                                            • West Lee
                                              West Lee  2 years back

                                              Their decision making is bad that’s all

                                              • Kyle h88
                                                Kyle h88  2 years back

                                                Give him a break he’s only 16

                                                • NurseRatchetHo
                                                  NurseRatchetHo  2 years back

                                                  they put lamelo back in his kennel, hasn't played the last 3 games in lkl

                                                • ladarius Perry
                                                  ladarius Perry  2 years back

                                                  these players aren't good. the younger ball brother SUCK!

                                                  • Black Film Guild
                                                    Black Film Guild  2 years back

                                                    LaMelo's defense is pretty bad. AAU is why these guys dont play defense.

                                                    • Kyle Spottiswood
                                                      Kyle Spottiswood  2 years back


                                                      • Dee Darling
                                                        Dee Darling  2 years back

                                                        Lithuania has not won a bronze medal since 2000 and rest of Europe is way better now so luke Bonner get your facts straight we are talking about how really good the Lithuania league is now not 18 years ago

                                                        • Abu Sayup
                                                          Abu Sayup  2 years back


                                                          • Cequan Walker
                                                            Cequan Walker  2 years back

                                                            If melo can play with discipline he'll be good

                                                            • Mr Smarty Pants
                                                              Mr Smarty Pants  2 years back

                                                              They paid great against Players their own age. People can't get mad if they get beat by grown pros.. They're still kids.

                                                              • LBJ Song
                                                                LBJ Song  2 years back

                                                                Just a high schooler layer yet

                                                                • Tyler Y
                                                                  Tyler Y  2 years back

                                                                  Well done video

                                                                  • DAYWALKER
                                                                    DAYWALKER  2 years back


                                                                    • Annie Perkins
                                                                      Annie Perkins  2 years back

                                                                      Hater of Gods Negus!

                                                                      • Itamar Greenberg
                                                                        Itamar Greenberg  2 years back

                                                                        Hey where is the smooth commercial transition?!
                                                                        I'm watching your videos only for that! I feel cheated!!!

                                                                        • Games Subject
                                                                          Games Subject  2 years back

                                                                          Does lamelo 1.91 cm including the hair?

                                                                          • tj Anderson
                                                                            tj Anderson  2 years back

                                                                            Both of their D is fuckin terrible. I knew Melo was a straight liability on defense but didn't know bout Gelo. Seems he may just be confused at times tho possibly b/c of the language barrier perhaps. Melo tho has no ability to play d and doesn't seem to care either. He got a long way to go if he wants to be in the league in 2 years. Once he gets stronger he could be decent. Just don't see a very good game from him. 7:10 33 plays the worst defense ever lol. So it may also be the league and type of players they make their d look bad as well.

                                                                            • ndm3
                                                                              ndm3  2 years back

                                                                              what's crazy is that both of these Ball brothers seem to be more skilled than Lonzo, but Lonzo is way more athletic and seems to try harder. I see LiAngelo as a Carmelo Anthony type of player with more strength and better post moves and LaMelo as a Shaun Livingston that can actually shoot the ball. I'm not sure if it's a sense of entitlement that causes them to not try on defense but I believe that when they get from under there father the defensive effort will improve.

                                                                              • Bruno Kallas
                                                                                Bruno Kallas  2 years back

                                                                                haha the ending made me laugh

                                                                                • Johnny Freeman
                                                                                  Johnny Freeman  2 years back

                                                                                  These guys are definitely not ready for the NBA yet....

                                                                                  • MK Flav
                                                                                    MK Flav  2 years back

                                                                                    these bad habits are going to kill them. sad part is they have too much pride and ego to change. Gelo is pure trah. Lamelo could be good but man his ego is through the roof kid doesnt even play defense. they wont last long in this league esp with they father.

                                                                                    • Pano Giannakopoulos
                                                                                      Pano Giannakopoulos  2 years back

                                                                                      dude you hate on melo hard. he's a kid. his skill level is incredible. even on the plays you call him out for he's being creative and its obvious he's the best talent on the floor. he should use this time to try everything. he's a star.

                                                                                      • Audrius Akuockas
                                                                                        Audrius Akuockas  2 years back

                                                                                        apparently anybody who understand basketball tiny bit at least, is a hater:) and I really liked those 2-3 3pointers from almost the middle court against zalgiris actually:D very creative:D

                                                                                    • iClampme LG
                                                                                      iClampme LG  2 years back

                                                                                      2 shit players lol :D

                                                                                      • khoss76
                                                                                        khoss76  2 years back


                                                                                        • T. Thomas
                                                                                          T. Thomas  2 years back

                                                                                          Coach Nick makes Skip Bayless seem autistic

                                                                                          • moi1000
                                                                                            moi1000  2 years back

                                                                                            when you watch LaMelo doing defence, you think James Harden should be DPOY. Even LeBron with his hands on his hips defend better than him

                                                                                            • A Saharty
                                                                                              A Saharty  2 years back

                                                                                              He's 16, like any of you could do better at that age...