LaVar Ball says he’s fine with Lonzo Ball wearing Nike


Lonzo Ball – pun intended – balled out in the Lakers’ summer-league win over the 76ers last night.

He noticeably did so in front of Nike endorser LeBron James while wearing Kobe Bryant Nikes, not Big Baller Brand shoes.

LaVar Ball and Lonzo Ball, via Darren Rovell of 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 NBA,” LaVar Ball told ESPN by text early Thursday morning. “This is what being independent is all about.”

There are “no negotiations with Nike” at this time, LaVar Ball said.

“At BBB, you can play in what you want,” Lonzo Ball said on SportsCenter after the game. “I already played in both of my shoes, might as well get the ‘Mamba Mentality’ going. Put ’em on, and it worked out tonight.”

“At BBB, you can play in what you want.”

How convenient.