Remember Lonzo Ball’s shoe, the ZO2, which his dad’s Big Baller Brand sold for $495? This probably won’t surprise you, but they weren’t very well made. Today, Ball admitted that he wore the shoes in his Summer League debut back in 2017 even though they weren’t ready, and because they kept ripping, he had to change them every quarter.
“No one knows the real story about them shoes,” Ball said on the LightHarted Podcast with Josh Hart. “Them ZO2s I was playing in, they was not ready. No one knows this but DMO had a backpack and he had like an extra four pairs of shoes in there because I had to switch them every quarter because they would just rip.”
“If you literally have my shoes from those games, they just, like, exploded,” he added. “It’s crazy, whenever I switched my shoes, I magically got good again.”
Ball, now with the New Orleans Pelicans, severed ties with Big Baller Brand co-founder Alan Foster in March, alleging that Foster stole money from his family. He even got his Big Baller Brand tattoo covered up:
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 27, 2019
Crappy shoes may explain Ball’s lackluster Summer League debut, but what was his excuse in college?