BC Prienai released a statement against the Ball family.
Ball Brothers former coach in Lithuania finally fires back:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) 23 agosto 2018
“The most disappointing fact was that they had no inner drive to become better.” - Virginijus Seskus pic.twitter.com/TvdyyYcdme
LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball played for the Lithuanian team last season abandoning the club a few games before the end of the LKL season.
BC Prienai said that Big Baller Brand tried to destroy the club.
“The first and most crucial mistake we made was allowing them, especially Lavar, think that they are in charge of the club – its decisions, its plans and even the game. His boys were nowhere near the level of the LKL, let alone NBA, which league obviously understands, seeing the draft outcome. And the most disappointing fact was that they had no inner drive to become better. And when they saw it was going nowhere, they started destroying the club, not paying out prize money to the Big Baller Brand tournament winners etc.” coach Seskus said.
Per USA Today, As things deteriorated, Seskus said the Ball family "started destroying the club, not paying out prize money to the Big Baller Brand tournament winners, etc."
In addition, the team said Ball withdrew his financial support and took back shooting machines that were presented to the team as gifts.
Seskus said the team has been able to survive despite being left without sponsorship.
However, he said there's a valuable lesson to be learned: "This season, we ... will give priority to professionals with great discipline and personalities."
Prienai coach Seskus on Ball family: „When our relationship got worse, we saw they were unconcerned. It looked like they were cheering for opposing team. I respect Gelo a lot – he is a good kid. But his father disturbs them to go forward.”— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) August 24, 2018
Coach Seskus on LaMelo: "It will be hard for him if somebody won't push him to work. He is a talent, but they're lazy. In Prienai we tried to make them eat well & healthy but they did whatever they wanted. If we didn't watch them closely, they weren't making effort in exercising"— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) August 24, 2018