Welcome to latest installment of “What Shoes will Lonzo Ball Wear?” The Lakers take on the Mavericks in a Vegas Summer League semi-final matchup. All eyes will be on Ball’s shoe choice tonight. Ball told ESPN he is wearing the Jordan 31’s tonight.
As summer league started, Ball initially wore his signature Big Baller Brand kicks. Here’s a look at his BBB shoes in the Lakers colorway Ball wore in one of the first summer league games.
From there, Ball branched out to other brands. The one that got the most buzz was his decision to wear Kobe’s signature Nikes when he proceeded to drop a triple-double. Here’s a look at the purple Kobe A.D. shoes.
From there, Ball went Adidas with James Harden’s signature kicks.
Saturday night, it was predictable Ball would either go with Under Armour or Reebok. Wear Testers reported Steph Curry sent his own personal pair of shoes for Ball to wear.
Here’s a look at the Curry high-tops Ball wore.
Lost in all this talk about sneakers is Ball’s stellar play. ESPN has been keeping track of Ball’s stats in each shoe. Nike ranks the highest with Big Baller Brand coming in last. With such a small sample size it is unlikely there is any correlation, but that has not stopped the internet from drawing their own conclusions.
Ball admitted to ESPN that his decision to choose different shoes each night was all part of a master plan. What that plan entails, the Ball family has been silent on. One could deduct Ball is proving just how valuable he could be to a brand as his shoe decision seems to be the talk leading all summer league discussion.
“It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind,” Ball told ESPN. “The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players.”
Once Ball has worn all the major brands, it will be interesting to see if he decides to go back to wearing his Big Baller Brand shoes.