14 July, 2017
After struggling in his NBA Summer League debut, scoring just five points on 2-of-15 shooting, and sitting out a matchup against Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox because of a heavily scrutinized phantom groin injury, Ball broke out for his best game of the summer Wednesday night. His six turnovers and two personal fouls are mere afterthoughts based on the rest of the stat line.
According to CBS Sports, one of Ball's faults in his first couple of games was that he was too unselfish. When LaVar made a rather innocuous comment (for him) about LeBron's children facing the added pressure of living up to their father's lofty status, James shot back, "Keep my kids' name out of your mouth".
The Lakers rookie delivered an explanation as only a big baller can do.
Ball, though, has no plans to make Nike his sole footwear. Selling a shoe that's at least double, if not triple, the price of most of its competition is tough enough in the first place, especially when you're going up against industry giants, but it would seemingly get much tougher if your star athlete opts to wear a rival's shoe on national TV. "Put 'em on, and it worked out tonight".
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The news was also reported by Iran's state-run Tasnim News Agency, which said the deal was "in the final stages". Hopes are high in Iran that the Iranian Petroleum Contract will enhance local companies' capabilities.
At this point, it's unclear why Ball elected to switch to the Nike shoes.
"Lonzo is not forced to wear any brand and can play in any shoe he wants as long as it's O.K. with the NBA", LaVar told 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 National Basketball Association", said LaVar in a text to ESPN on Thursday morning.
LaVar Ball said his son's decision to wear Nikes was a personal choice and has nothing to do with any negotiations with the world's largest shoe and apparel company.
The Lakers (2-2) battle James' Cavaliers (3-0) at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Las Vegas.