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Sport How LaVar Ball cost Lonzo a shoe deal with Nike, Adidas and others

22:07  30 april  2017
22:07  30 april  2017 Source:   foxsports.com

LaVar Ball responds to Nike exec: 'Big Baller Brand about to be your competition'

  LaVar Ball responds to Nike exec: 'Big Baller Brand about to be your competition' LaVar Ball responded to Nike global basketball sports marketing director George Raveling on Friday, saying that his Big Baller Brand will compete with the apparel giant. Earlier this week, Raveling made waves when he said Ball-whose son, Lonzo, is one of the top prospects in the 2017 NBA draft-was the "worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years.

Remember that billion sneaker deal that LaVar Ball said he was going to try and score for his sons Lonzo , LiAngelo, and LaMelo recently?

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At least one Nike executive isn't a big fan of LaVar Ball. © Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports LaVar Ball

Lonzo Ball is the most well-known player of the 2017 NBA Draft class, and not just because of his basketball skills. Ball’s father, LaVar, has been fueling the Lonzo Ball hype for months and famously boasted that his family was worth a billion-dollar shoe deal – but he just cost his son lucrative potential endorsement deals with major brands.

Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all decided to pass on signing the UCLA point guard to an apparel deal, and Lonzo’s outspoken father, LaVar Ball, seems to be the reason why.

The elder Ball, who represented his son in meetings with the companies, is looking for a type of deal that’s never been done before, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.

Nike, Adidas, Under Armour walk away from Lonzo Ball

  Nike, Adidas, Under Armour walk away from Lonzo Ball Nike, Adidas and Under Armour, the three most notable shoe companies for NBA players, currently have no interest in signing Lonzo Ball to a deal, ESPN.com reports. LaVar Ball, Lonzo's father, confirmed the three major shoe companies were moving on. LaVar is seeking something beyond a traditional endorsement deal for his son, telling the shoe companies he wants them to license his Big Baller Brand.LaVar has previously put a $1 billion price tag on a combined shoe deal for Lonzo and his two younger sons.

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LaVar Ball ’s opening bid to shoe companies some weeks ago was a marketing deal with all three sons worth billion. “I want to know how they perform,” said Karl Leung, who wore Adidas sneakers as he waited in the consignment line. Adidas is known for its Boost foam, he noted, while Nike has its

In his meetings with all three companies, LaVar insisted that they license his upstart Big Baller Brand from him, according to the companies. He also showed the companies a shoe prototype that he hoped would be Lonzo’s first shoe.

“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.”

Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all confirmed to ESPN that they are no longer interested in Ball representing their brands. And with the three biggest players in the shoe game out, LaVar plans to seek out a partnership with Chinese brands, with hopes of releasing Lonzo’s signature shoe in the immediate future.

John Calipari avoids discussing ‘involved’ father LaVar Ball

  John Calipari avoids discussing ‘involved’ father LaVar Ball If John Calipari has a negative opinion of LaVar Ball like so many others in the basketball world, the Kentucky coach is not going to share it. TMZ caught up with Calipari at the BTIG charity event in New York City on Tuesday, and the coach was asked about UCLA star Lonzo Ball and his father. Calipari was quick to note that he has not followed all of the things LaVar has said, but he praised him for being an “involved” parent. If John Calipari has a negative opinion of LaVar Ball like so many others in the basketball world, the Kentucky coach is not going to share it.

If LaVar Ball were in his shoes , he would’ve gone his own route, as the Big Baller Brand CEO has done in manufacturing signature shoes for Lonzo Heck, if LaVar could do it for his three sons with far less financial runway than that, what’s to stop Wall—or any other multi-millionaire without a shoe

Lonzo Ball has been seen wearing Nike shoes , Kobe Nike shoes to be exact and Steph Curry shoes while in games. Is he leaving the BBB brand and Lonzo and Lavar are rethinking their strategy to try and score a big deal with a shoe company like Nike or Adidas instead of doing their own BBB shoes .

“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.

LaVar said he has been working on the shoe design “ever since my boys were born.”

While Lonzo is projected to be a top-three pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, his father has stolen the spotlight from him in recent months, making outlandish comments and publicly feuding with prominent NBA figures, including LeBron James and Charles Barkley. Just last week, a Nike consultant said LaVar is “the worst thing to happen to basketball in the last hundred years.”

While LaVar insists he’s doing what’s best for Lonzo, his behavior could end up costing his son millions.

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