Former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball and his father LaVar Ball paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV studios in Los Angeles on Monday. The 20-year-old and his equally talented brothers LaMelo Ball, 15, and LiAngelo Ball, 18, arrived bearing gifts -- a pair of unreleased Big Baller Brand sneakers for Kimmel.
Lonzo is expected to be selected 1st or 2nd in the 2017 NBA Draft. He is certainly the most talked about player in the 2017 class. But his father, LaVar Ball, cost his son a shoe deal.
LaVar bragged that his three sons were worth a billion dollar shoe deal, and he said he was only interested in signing a brand deal to produce his own Big Baller Brand shoes and apparel.
“We’re not going to sign with a company and then wait around for five or six years for a shoe like Paul George had to wait for with Nike,” Ball said.
Thanks to LaVar's arrogance, Nike, Adidas, Under Armour and others passed on endorsing the point guard. But LaVar wasn't done talking.
“We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready for that because they’re not used to that model. But hey, the taxi industry wasn’t ready for Uber, either.”
LaVar, whose name literally means to wash balls in Spanish, plans to produce his own BBB brand of expensive shoes and apparel -- endorsed by his famous sons, of course.
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