Lakers' Lonzo Ball Trying To Start 'Bidding War' Between Shoe Companies

NBA Summer League: Ball won't face Fox in hopeful marquee matchup

NBA Summer League: Ball won't face Fox in hopeful marquee matchup

Ball's emergence in summer league has excited the Lakers' coaching staff and those watching from courtside seats, including Lakers head coach Luke Walton and assistant Jesse Mermuys.

Wearing Jordans on his feet instead of the family's Big Baller Brand ZO2s, Ball made 5 of 7 shots and had a attractive punch-ahead pass to Alex Caruso for a dunk that had thousands of Lakers fans out of their seats in the first half. But, his latest outing of 36 points with 11 assists on July 12 might be enough to prove that the hype surrounding the Ball family is real.

Another interesting aspect of the game was Ball's decision to wear Kobe's shoe line instead of his infamous Big Baller Brand; he claimed it was for the "Mama mentality".

"At BBB, you can play in what you want", he said. "And with 6th man Jordan Clarkson, veteran Luol Deng, backup point guard Tyler Ennis, backup swingman Corey Brewer, rookies Thomas Bryant and Josh Hart rounding out the roster, it is safe to say that the Lakers" arrow is pointing all the way up. Then he brought the Lakers back from a 15-point deficit to claim a spot in the round of 16 on Thursday against No. 2 seed Cleveland. This time, Ball chose to don James Harden's Adidas shoes, a straight black and white color-way rather than the flashy purple Kobe's from the night before. But some insiders in the shoe industry thought it was odd that Lonzo was wearing other brands so soon.

"They're not a very good outside shooting team, but they were getting downhill on us". Big Baller Brand shoes are set to ship November 24. The brand is growing with Ball officially becoming a Laker. Ball also said that Lonzo wearing different sneakers is their way of making the statement that big brands should have had an open mind at the negotiating table.

Ball's outlet passes are a thing of beauty as well. "I'm just throwing it to him". Maybe wearing the Kobe's helped alleviate the groin issue he had earlier in the week.

He is 51 years old, a Chino Hills resident and went to every single one of Lonzo Ball's high school games.

The Los Angeles Lakers are now headed into the semifinals of the Las Vegas summer league tournament.

"Just thought I'd switch it up", Ball added.

Lonzo Ball is under a microscope, thanks largely to his outspoken father. He definitely has people talking about these brands and that has to catch the eyes of Nike and Adidas, and perhaps Under Armour next.

Ball will sport the ZO2s again.

Without Fultz, the Sixers have been pretty good at staying in games in the final seconds and taking advantage of opportunities to go ahead in crucial situations.

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