The Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball has had so much hype over this past year. His father, Lavar Ball, has created their own signature line, Big Baller Brand.
He debuted his first sneaker costing $495.00 USD for those who want to pre-order the one-of-a-kind sneaker. However, yesterday in Las Vegas, NV, Lonzo Ball changed did the unexpected and laced up a brand new pair of Kobe A.D. ‘Purple Stardust’. Not only did they get a win, but the news of him wearing the Swoosh went viral over social media.
With a 103-102 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers, Lonzo Ball blessed the stat sheet with 36 points, 11 assist, and eight rebounds. This advanced the Los Angeles Lakers to the next bracket against the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow at 7:30PM.
Aside from his gifted vision on court, Lonzo is now on sneaker watch from here on out to see what kicks he’ll bring out in the next coming games. He was asked by Lakers reporter, Mike Trudell as to why he switched shoes for this game, “If you’re with the BBB, you can wear whatever you want. Mamba Mentality.”
His father Lavar Ball texted ESPN this morning stating,
“Lonzo is not forced to wear any brand and can play in any shoe he wants as long as it’s OK with the NBA. This is what being independent is all about.”
As for the real reason why he ditched his Z02 sneakers is unknown. Could be that the sneakers simply were uncomfortable for real game situations. He might have misplaced them? Or maybe, he just wanted to go Mamba and wear some of his idols sneakers? Who knows.
What we do know is that Lonzo Ball did not play Game 2 of the Summer League. This may have caused that “groin” injury he suffered right before the duel against rival De’Aaron Fox of the Sacremento Kings. Many criticized Ball for not playing that game and that he was afraid to play against Fox due to his UCLA loss last year agains the Kentucky Wildcats.
Regardless of what sneakers, points, assists, tweets, and likes Lonzo gets, the truth is, the world is watching. The Lakers have never received this much spotlight from its fans and the media since Kobe Bryant’s last game in Laker uniform. Heck, even LeBron James cared to upload a video himself captioning, “Just. Do. It.” on Instagram. This Big Baller Lonzo is more than a player, he’s the future for the league.
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