Lonzo Ball had to confess a lot on a podcast ‘Light-Harted’ hosted by fellow teammate Josh Hart. What started with a light-hearted conversation soon took a turn that might not go down well with LaVar, the famous father of Lonzo Ball.
LaVar is famous for being the King of the Ball Family, the family that has present three American Basketball Players making them the country’s first basketball family. Along with being a famous dad, he is also a businessman who announced his shoe sneaker brand the Big Baller even before Lonzo Ball got drafted for NBA.
Lonzo Ball discloses how he had to debut in his home brand shoes Big Baller Z02 which was not even ready to be played in. Though for people, it was more like a new competitor has arrived in the market where Nike, Adidas, reebok are leading, but the expectations were far from reality.
“If you literally have those shoes from those games, they’re exploded,” Ball said.
Two years later it’s crystal clear the people who stayed at a distance made the right choice.
“‘Cause they were my shoe. I had to debut them,” Ball told the podcast about why he continued to wear them. “We went so far with it. I’m like, ‘Cool, I can get a quarter in, but that’s it. We gotta switch them every quarter.’
“And it’s crazy because right when I’d switch my shoes, and then all of a sudden I got good again.”
The clip talks only about the shoes during summer league 2017. Earlier this year, the Lakers reportedly expressed concern about his Big Baller Brand shoes after a third ankle injury.
“Yeah, they talked to me,” Lonzo Ball told ESPN. “They asked me about it, and I told ’em, ‘I feel comfortable. If I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t play in ’em. If I didn’t play in [the signature BBB shoes], I’d play in Kobe [Bryant’s signature Nike shoe]. I work out in [LeBron James‘ signature Nike shoe], but that’s because they’re heavier.”
The podcast reveals is the latest move by Ball as he distances himself from the family brand. Ball reportedly cut ties with co-founder Alan Foster in March when he found $1.5 million missing from his personal and business accounts. Ball reportedly owns 51 percent of the company.