BC Prienai

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On the same day, the team temporarily appointed LaVar Ball, owner of the brand and the famous father of the Ball brothers, as assistant coach for a match-up with Dzūkija Alytus in the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games. On January 28, for the team's concluding exhibition game against Jonava, Ball was named head coach. Vytautas won all five games. By the end of February, Vytautas announced that it would play in another exhibition event sponsored by Ball's company, known the Big Baller Brand International Tournament, a round-robin competition featuring three European teams outside of Lithuania. In those games, LaVar Ball would be the team's head coach there instead.

Ball in the Family

Ball family
LaVar Ball, the patriarch of the Ball family, owner of Big Baller Brand, and founder of Junior Basketball Association. Tina Ball, the matriarch of the Ball family. Denise Garcia, Lonzo's former girlfriend and mother of his daughter. Zoey Ball, Lonzo and Denise's baby daughter. Jaden Owens, LiAngelo Ball's girlfriend. Darren "DMO" Moore, Lonzo’s manager and family friend. Alan Foster, LaVar’s business partner. Horace, family friend. Noni Slatinsky, Tina's mother. Robert Slatinsky, Tina's father. Yank Ball, LaVar's father. Maria Ball, LaVar's mother. LaValle Ball, LaVar's brother. Ren Ball, LaVar's brother. 'Dre Ball, LaVar's brother. Jhaylen Ball, LaVar's niece. Andre Ball, LaVar's nephew.

Baltic Basketball League

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Baltic Basketball League (BBL) was the Baltic states basketball league founded in 2004. The league mainly focused on teams from the Baltic states, but teams from Sweden, Russia, Kazakhstan, Finland, and Belarus have participated in the Baltic League. After the 2017–18 season, the league announced that it was suspending its operations.

Lietuvos krepšinio lyga

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Basketball in Lithuania. Official LKL website. Official LKL YouTube.com channel. Lithuanian league at Eurobasket.com.

2017–18 BC Prienai season

Following the brothers' arrival, Vytautas withdrew from the BBL and announced Big Baller Brand, a sports apparel company owned by LaVar Ball, as its sponsor. After the Ball brothers joined the team in January 2018, Vytautas took part in several exhibition games, including the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games and the Big Baller Brand International Tournament. Upon signing the Ball brothers, the team gained significant popularity, especially in the United States. However, both Ball brothers would not stay with the squad near the end of the season, thus leaving them with the threat of relegation.

LaMelo Ball

The game was extensively covered by the media, with an ESPN feature story calling Big Ballers Brand's AAU campaign "The LaVar Ball show." Before his junior season for Chino Hills in 2017–18, the team hired Dennis Latimore as its new head coach. Shortly after, LaVar Ball expressed his disapproval, saying, "There's about to be new drama. I don't like him one bit." Concerns also later arose over LaMelo's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) eligibility due to his signature shoe, the Melo Ball 1 (MB1), which had been released by Big Baller Brand in August 2017. His father claimed in September that he was willing to have him skip college as a result.

Junior Basketball Association

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The league was first announced in December 2017 by LaVar Ball, and he said it would be completely funded by Ball's sports apparel company Big Baller Brand. The JBA features eight teams from major American cities, with games in ten venues. It played its inaugural season during 2018. On December 20, 2017, SLAM magazine had first reported on the formation of the Junior Basketball Association after being sent a statement from LaVar Ball, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Big Baller Brand and father to Los Angeles Lakers player Lonzo Ball and former BC Prienai players LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball.

Los Angeles Ballers

The week JBA was first announced on December 20, 2017, when media personality LaVar Ball said to Slam magazine that he would create a professional league targeted at high school graduates and fully funded by his sports apparel company Big Baller Brand. The league held tryouts in Irvine, California in April 2018, attracting about 25 prospects, and having already handpicked a nearly completed roster of 7 members for the Los Angeles Ballers. One significant addition to the Ballers was Greg Floyd Jr., a four-star recruit out of Las Vegas who had spent a season at Antelope Valley College due to NCAA eligibility issues.

Lonzo Ball

Ball began his pro career using sports apparel from his father LaVar's Big Baller Brand instead of signing with any of the major apparel companies. His father had insisted that he not sign with a company unless they agreed to license merchandise from Big Baller Brand. In May 2017, Big Baller Brand announced the release of Ball's first shoe, the ZO2. The $495 price tag on the shoe sparked wide criticism from celebrities and on social media. In response to his critics, LaVar tweeted on May 4, "If you can't afford the ZO2S, you're NOT a BIG BALLER!" On April 6, 2018, Jordan Crawford became the first player besides Ball to wear the ZO2s during a game.


The union between Poland and Lithuania ended in 1795 with the Third Partition of Poland by Imperial Russia, Prussia, and Austria. The Belarusian territories acquired by the Russian Empire under the reign of Catherine II were included into the Belarusian Governorate in 1796 and held until their occupation by the German Empire during World War I. Under Nicholas I and Alexander III the national cultures were repressed. Policies of Polonization changed by Russification, which included the return to Orthodox Christianity of Belorusian Uniates. Belarusian language was banned in schools while in neighboring Samogitia primary school education with Samogitian literacy was allowed.

Partitions of Poland

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Meanwhile, Prussia Germanized the entire school system of its Polish subjects, and had no more respect for Polish culture and institutions than the Russian Empire. In 1915 a client state of the German Empire and Austria-Hungary was proposed and accepted by the Central Powers of World War I: the Regency Kingdom of Poland. After the end of World War I, the Central Powers' surrender to the Western Allies, the chaos of the Russian Revolution and the Treaty of Versailles finally allowed and helped the restoration of Poland's full independence after 123 years.

World War II

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These sentiments were especially marked in Germany because of the significant territorial, colonial, and financial losses incurred by the Treaty of Versailles. Under the treaty, Germany lost around 13 percent of its home territory and all of its overseas possessions, while German annexation of other states was prohibited, reparations were imposed, and limits were placed on the size and capability of the country's armed forces. The German Empire was dissolved in the German Revolution of 1918–1919, and a democratic government, later known as the Weimar Republic, was created.


Poland is bordered by the Baltic Sea, Russia's Kaliningrad Oblast and Lithuania to the north, Belarus and Ukraine to the east, Slovakia and Czech Republic, to the south, and Germany to the west. The establishment of the Polish state can be traced back to AD 966, when Mieszko I, ruler of the realm coextensive with the territory of present-day Poland, converted to Christianity. The Kingdom of Poland was founded in 1025, and in 1569 it cemented its longstanding political association with the Grand Duchy of Lithuania by signing the Union of Lublin.


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During the 19th century, Chancellor Otto von Bismarck united the German principalities into a "Lesser Germany", which excluded the Austrian Empire. At the Congress of Vienna (1814–15), which redrew the map of Europe following Napoleon's defeat, Prussia acquired rich new territories, including the coal-rich Ruhr. The country then grew rapidly in influence economically and politically, and became the core of the North German Confederation in 1867, and then of the German Empire in 1871. The Kingdom of Prussia was now so large and so dominant in the new Germany that Junkers and other Prussian élites identified more and more as Germans and less as Prussians.

Ober Ost

OB EastGerman occupying authoritiesoccupied by the Germans
By October 1915, the German Army had advanced so far to the east, that Central Poland could be put under a civil administration. This administration was divided between the German Government General of Warsaw and the Austro-Hungarian Government General of Lublin. The military Ober Ost government from then on only controlled the conquered areas east and north of Central Poland. After the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk, the German Empire effectively controlled Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, parts of Poland, and Courland, all of which were former territories of the Russian Empire. Ober Ost itself was assigned present-day Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, and Courland.


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Persons who speak German as their first language, look German and whose families have lived in Germany for generations are considered "most German", followed by categories of diminishing Germanness such as Aussiedler (people of German ancestry whose families have lived in Eastern Europe but who have returned to Germany), Restdeutsche (people living in lands that have historically belonged to Germany but which is currently outside of Germany), Auswanderer (people whose families have emigrated from Germany and who still speak German), German speakers in German-speaking nations such as Austrians, and finally people of German emigrant background who no longer speak German.

Klaipėda Region

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The area of the Klaipėda Region is now part of the Republic of Lithuania, contained within Klaipėda and Tauragė counties. The border established by the Treaty of Versailles remains in effect as the current international boundary between Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Oblast of Russia. The eastern boundaries of Prussia (from 1871, part of the German Empire), having remained unchanged since the Treaty of Melno in 1422, became a matter of discussion following World War I, as the newly independent states of Poland and Lithuania emerged.

UCLA Bruins men's basketball

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Lonzo Ball second pick in the 2017 NBA draft is the first player ever with his own signature shoe (ZO2) entering the NBA draft, he’s signed with Big Baller Brand. The following Bruins have been named consensus first-team All-Americans: The UCLA Bruins lead the all-time series vs. all other eleven Pac-12 opponents. In the Pac-12, only Arizona currently leads the series against more than eleven of its conference opponents. *Note all-time series includes non-conference matchups and the Pac-12 Tournament.

Chino Hills, California

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LaVar Ball Basketball School. State Route 60. State Route 71. State Route 91. State Route 142. LaVar Ball - CEO/Founder of Big Baller Brand. Lonzo Ball, Point Guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. LaMelo Ball, prep high school player. LiAngelo Ball, professional basketball player. Kevin Cooper (born 1958), perpetrator of the Chino Hills murders in 1983. A Static Lullaby, major label-signed post-hardcore band. A Thorn for Every Heart, major label-signed post-hardcore band. Michael Aranda- vlogger, musician, and professional online video producer. Leah O'Brien-Amico, U.S. Olympic softball group gold medalist.

LiAngelo Ball

Ball started playing for the team in January 2018, with his debut coming on January 9 at the Big Baller Brand Challenge Games, a friendly five-game series hosted by Prienai and designed to feature LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball. In his professional debut in the 2017–18 LKL season, Ball failed to score, shooting 0-of-3 from the field in limited playing time as his team fell to Lietkabelis Panevėžys. In his second LKL game, Ball recorded a game-high 20 points and 3 rebounds in a 116–93 loss to Pieno žvaigždės Pasvalys. On February 4, Ball scored 25 points, with 6 three-pointers, in a loss to Žalgiris Kaunas.

Ottoman Empire

In 1883, a German military mission under General Baron Colmar von der Goltz arrived to train the Ottoman Army, leading to the so-called "Goltz generation" of German-trained officers who were to play a notable role in the politics of the last years of the empire. From 1894 to 1896, between 100,000 and 300,000 Armenians living throughout the empire were killed in what became known as the Hamidian massacres. As the Ottoman Empire gradually shrank in size, some 7–9 million Muslims from its former territories in the Caucasus, Crimea, Balkans, and the Mediterranean islands migrated to Anatolia and Eastern Thrace.


On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany broke the non-aggression treaty and invaded the Soviet Union with the largest and most powerful invasion force in human history, opening the largest theater of World War II. Although the German army had considerable early success, their attack was halted in the Battle of Moscow. Subsequently, the Germans were dealt major defeats first at the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942–43, and then in the Battle of Kursk in the summer of 1943.

Nazi Germany

Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich ("German Reich") until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich ("Greater German Reich") from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire.