Sport Lonzo Ball wearing Nikes: Is it another LaVar Ball marketing ploy?

18:36  13 july  2017
18:36  13 july  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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Asked why he changed sneakers, Ball said it was “Mamba mentality,” referring to Kobe Bryant’s nickname. If you’re wondering what his father LaVar thought about this whole wearing Nikes over 5 Big Baller Brand sneakers — the very shoes Lonzo designed — he had this to say to ESPN

"You can wear whatever you want when you play with Big Baller Brand and it is just nice to get out there and do that", Ball explained. Ball has a long way to go to become the best guard ever, as claimed by his father Lavar , but he is certainly off to a very good start.

Lonzo Ball wearing Nikes: Is it another LaVar Ball marketing ploy?© Getty Images Lonzo Ball wearing Nikes: Is it another LaVar Ball marketing ploy? Here's what we should be doing: Talking about how good Lonzo Ball was on Wednesday night in NBA Summer League play, finishing with 36 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in a Los Angeles Lakers win.

Here's what we're actually talking about today: What Lonzo Ball wore on his feet.

From the Associated Press:

Asked why he changed sneakers, Ball said it was "Mamba mentality," referring to Kobe Bryant's nickname.

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If so, wearing another brand is a peculiar marketing ploy . Swoosh! (Ethan Miller/Getty Images). Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball had the best NBA summer And he wasn’t wearing Big Baller Brand ZO2s, eschewing father LaVar Ball ’s nascent footwear brand for a pair of purple Kobe A.D. Nikes (as you

(L-R) Lonzo Ball , LaMelo Ball , Tina Ball , LaVar Ball and LiAngelo Ball attend Melo Ball ’s 16th Birthday on September 2, 2017 in Chino, California. 3. Some People Think LaVar ’s Feud With Trump Was a Genius Marketing Ploy but Others Think the Shoplifting Arrest Hurt the Brand.

"Just thought I'd switch it up," Ball added. "Wore them tonight. It's good when you can wear whatever you want."

If you're wondering what his father LaVar thought about this whole wearing Nikes over $495 Big Baller Brand sneakers - the very shoes Lonzo designed - he had this to say to ESPN:

"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," LaVar Ball told ESPN by text early Thursday morning. "This is what being independent is all about."

Let's put on our tin foil hats for a second. First of all, of course the elder Ball would tell the media Lonzo's not "forced to wear any brand" even if he's mad that his kid didn't promote their BBB kicks.

But look at that last line: "This is what being independent is all about."

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Yesterday, LaVar and Lonzo Ball unveiled the ZO2—the first sneaker from the semi-eponymous Big Baller Brand. Is it just a marketing ploy to pitch these kicks as a luxury line? Well: Yes, duh.

Lonzo Ball wore his own signature shoes, the 5 Big Baller Brand ZO2s, for the first two games of the Summer League. It had to be a LaVar Ball marketing ploy , right?

That's brand talk right there. What if Lonzo was wearing Nikes on purpose so we're talking about his shoes again? It would be a great conspiracy.

It's more likely that if Lonzo made the call on his own, LaVar has figured out a way to spin it, which is what great marketers do. And he's doing an incredible job given what we're talking about on Thursday morning.

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Lonzo Ball has worn shoes made by companies other than Big Baller Brand during Summer League games, and the result may be a competition between rival brands to sign the Lakers rookie. Lonzo Ball has worn shoes made by companies other than Big Baller Brand during Summer League games, and the result may be a competition between rival brands to sign the Lakers rookie.

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