The 2017 NBA Draft will be taking place on June 22nd in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center. UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball is projected to be a Top 5 pick, but he is already gearing up to avoid an embarrassing incident.
When Ball attends the big event next month he has stated that he will ask his father LaVar to drop him off at the curb outside the Barclays Center.
“My dad is always embarrassing me.” said Lonzo. “First he said I would be better than Steph Curry, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook, then he said he could beat Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley in one-on-one. I’m just sick of him.”
The elder Ball has been extremely vocal throughout Lonzo’s collegiate career and the draft process. Back in April, he criticized the UCLA coaching staff when they lost to Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament. “Realistically you can’t win no championship with three white guys because the foot speed is too slow. I told Lonzo—’One of these games you might need to go for 30 or 40 points.’ It turned out that was the one game. Then once they get to the Elite Eight, they’re right there.”
Is Lonzo worried about the repercussions he might face for ditching his father at the draft?
“What’s he going to to? Start a shoe company selling cheap Kobe wanna-be’s for $500 dollars a pop?” Ball asked.
With the release of his new brand Big Baller line of shoes, LaVar Ball has had to justify the premium prices of the items listed on his website.
Many in the sports world have questioned the price of the the main shoe, the ZO2, which is currently retailing for $495. The shoes will not even ship until November, and many critics are bashing everything about the new line, from the originality of the logo to the design of the shoe itself. Ball has refused to disclose any sales numbers, or even who is making the shoe. There are also a pair of sandals that are available to order for $220. All profits from the sales go directly to the Ball family.
In response to many of the critics, Ball released the following statement on Twitter:
Big Baller’s loose! If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER! 💰
He also spoke to the initial backlash stating that “Prada and Gucci is selling theirs for what they want,” Ball said. “Ours is better than that. It feels better.”
However, Ball has to be concerned by the fact that he was turned down by the major shoe companies — Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour. if sales do not take off, he will have lost a substantial amount of money.
“I’ve always been a big baller, but I am really hoping that people buy these shoes, or I lost a few million bucks.” Ball stated. “If this fails, I might be less of a big baller, which would be sad. I would have to wonder if I should have spent my money in a more lucrative way. Like perhaps shooting lessons for my son Lonzo.”