When the Vegas Golden Knights were in Los Angeles for the franchise’s first ever road playoff game on April 15, they sent a tweet asking their fans: “Where’s everyone watching the game from tonight?”
Over 1,500 responses rolled in, and the team was stunned to discover how far the support for this expansion franchise reached.
He said the global approach to Golden Knights fandom mirrors the melting pot of the expansion team and the international popularity of the city.
“Everybody looks at Vegas and the 42 million people that come to this city every year, and this franchise reflects that. It was put together by [GM] George McPhee as a collection of players from all across the country. So we had some fun with the design,” said Killingsworth. “They see the story about this team as something that transcends sports. It’s really powerful. We see the impact that it’s had locally, but it’s really humbling to see how it’s impacted people all over the world.”
LaVar Ball, the brothers’ father, told 15min.lt that LaMelo would not return to the team next season.
Oldest brother Lonzo Ball, who just finished his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, was in Lithuania to visit his siblings, and now the three will join their father and return to California.
LiAngelo has been sidelined recently with an ankle injury, and the early departure will give him time to prepare for the NBA draft. He is expected to work out for some teams and will participate at the Professional Basketball Combine in May at IMG Academy in Florida.
In their time with BC Vytautas, LiAngelo averaged 12.6 points and 22 minutes per game, and LaMelo averaged 6.5 points and 12 minutes.
LiAngelo started the season with UCLA but was embroiled in a shoplifting scandal in China while on a preseason trip with the Bruins. Upon his return to the United States, he was suspended indefinitely by UCLA, and he left the program without having played a game.
Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonas was the first to report the Ball brothers’ exit from the team.