LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for Prienai

first_img“It’s surely no California and it’s cold, but I think we will like it here,” LeMelo told reporters as they walked through the crowd towards the “Party Bus,” which was to take them to Prienai — around 110 kilometers (68 miles) south of Vilnius, the capital.The brothers arrived with their father LaVar Ball, an American media personality and businessman, and the creator of Big Baller Brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLiAngelo and LaMelo are expected to make their debut on Jan. 9, when BC Prienai hosts Tsmoki-Minsk in a Baltic league game.Most tickets for that night at the 1,200-seat arena have already been sold, according to the box office. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson American basketball players LiAngelo Ball, right, and his brother, LaMelo, poses for a photo upon their arrival at the international airport in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball in December signed one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas from a small of roughly 9000 people in southern Lithuania town Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)VILNIUS, Lithuania — The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club.The 19-year-old LiAngelo and his younger brother LaMelo, who is 16, signed professional one-year contracts with BC Prienai last month.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BC Prienai, which was the only team in the league without foreign players, finished sixth in the Lithuanian league last year.In basketball-crazy Lithuania, the game is often dubbed the “second religion” and attracts huge crowds to arenas even at small towns. There have been several Lithuania players in NBA teams, including Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Zydrunas “Big Z” Ilgauskas at Cleveland Cavaliers.The national team has claimed numerous titles including winning the FIBA EuroBasket three times and has three Olympic bronze medals.LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for PrienaiADVERTISEMENT Rozier steals spotlight, leads Celtics past Cavaliers Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

America Needs More Entrepreneurs

first_imgRead this article called How Capitalism Dies.There are a bunch of interesting statistics here, like how many people now receive aid from the federal government. But more interesting is the long trend of businesses closing without a greater number opening to replace these businesses.I do believe that business is more difficult than it has ever been. I also believe it is more competitive than ever. I also believe that in this Disruptive Age, there are tons of systemic challenges. But it isn’t so difficult that anyone with a good idea and the intestinal fortitude can’t start and run a business. How can it be that there are more classes on entrepreneurship and fewer entrepreneurs?We need more entrepreneurs.Why Entrepreneurs FailI haven’t seen too many serious entrepreneurs with really bad business ideas (with the exception of some technology entrepreneurs who get excited about counting things). Most of the time, the entrepreneurs I have seen have good, valuable ideas. Their hearts in the right place, and they really want to create something. But the one question I routinely ask tells me everything I need to know about whether or not they will succeed. That question is this:“What is your client acquisition strategy?”Entrepreneur after entrepreneur crumbles when faced with this question. They believe that success comes from acquiring investors. The worst belief they have is that they can take enough investor money and sell the company for some amount of money that stretches credulity. That isn’t entrepreneurship. Get rich quick schemes don’t make you an entrepreneur either.There is no successful entrepreneur anywhere that didn’t create customers.How Entrepreneurs SucceedIf you want to start and build your own business, you need a few things. You need a great way to create value for other people, value that they are willing to pay for. And then you need people who will agree to pay you for that value.I’ve seen entrepreneurs start multimillion dollar business with nothing more than a laptop and the gumption to offer their services (I mean literally. They had nothing else.). I’ve seen entrepreneurs fail after investors poured millions of dollars into their business. The invested money wasn’t as valuable to their survival as the ability to gain paying customers would have been.Capitalism isn’t going to die anytime soon. If you have it in your heart to start something, there is no better time than now. But only if you have the ability and the willingness to go and acquire customers. Without that, you’re a statistic. Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more