With the rise of social media and the various platforms’ popularity among players, passive aggression and petty sniping may be at an all-time high in the NBA.
But for a master class in throwing shade, look no further than BC Prienai-Skycop of the Lithuanian professional basketball league, former home to the Big Baller Brand circus.
In a page-and-a-half press release issued Thursday, the team serves up sour grapes like fine wine, claiming LaVar Ball and his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, “started destroying the club” and had “no inner drive to become better.”
The release — titled, “BC Prienai-Skycop: Big Baller Brand tried to destroy the club” — is full of the kind of scorched-earth honesty that professional organizations rarely engage in but which the Ball family seems to bring out in people, especially for a basketball team that clearly craves attention.
“The first and most crucial mistake we made was allowing them, especially LaVar, [to] think that they are in charge of the club — its decisions, its plans and even the game,” the team’s head coach, Virginijus Seskus, stated in the release. “His boys were nowhere near the level of the LKL, let alone NBA, which [the NBA] obviously understands, seeing the draft outcome.”
LiAngelo Ball, 19, went undrafted and instead played for the Los Angeles Ballers of the Junior Basketball Association, LaVar Ball’s vanity league, which is beset by its own problems.