Lonzo Ball is no longer part of Big Baller Brand and has joined Nike. He now seems to feel some freedom to speak honestly about the products he and his father LaVar were offering, including their high-priced shoes that sold for nearly $500.
Ball, who was traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans over the summer, joined teammate Josh Hart’s “LightHarted Podcast” for an interview. The two talked about Ball’s ZO2 Prime shoes.
“No one knows the real story about those shoes. They were not ready,” Ball admitted to Hart.
Ball said the shoes were so problematic that he switched pairs several times a game.
“I can get a quarter in, but that’s it. We got to switch them every quarter,” Ball said. “If you had my shoes from those games, they exploded bro.”
The shoes were so problematic that BBB switched to selling ZO2 Prime Remix shoes instead. Lonzo even seemed to suggest that his play suffered from wearing the original sneakers.
Lonzo, now 21, has finally branched apart from his father and Big Baller Brand. Lonzo sued one of the company’s co-founders, covered up his BBB tattoo, and left for Nike. He is putting that chapter of his life behind him.
Below is the interview clip from Ball:
— LightHarted Podcast (@lighthartedpod) September 4, 2019