According to multiple league sources, the Los Angeles Lakers and Lonzo Ball engaged in discussions about whether or not Ball’s signature shoes played a role in suffering his ankle injuries during the team’s 2018-2019 campaign. Ball has been sidelined since he suffered an ankle injury on January 19th in a contest versus the Houston Rockets. Team doctors initially concluded that the injury was a sprained ankle, but after looking at it once more, the doctors also found out that Ball had suffered a bone bruise on the very same play. The bone bruise made it significantly harder to come back from the sprained ankle, and the Lakers ultimately decided to shut Ball down for the season.
When pressed about whether or not the Lakers talked to the young point guard about the possible role his shoes played in his injury, Ball told the media this:
“Yeah, they talked to me. They asked me about it, and I told ’em, I feel comfortable. If I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t play in ’em. If I didn’t play in (his signature BBB shoes), I’d play in Kobe (Bryant’s signature Nike shoes). I work out in (LeBron James’ signature Nike shoes), but that’s because they’re heavier.”
Lonzo also told the media that he informed the Lakers that he would be open to making “just minor (adjustments)” to the shoes if the team requested him to.
Up until recently, all seemed to be fine between Ball and the Big Baller Brand as no reports had surfaced saying the Lakers had requested the brand to change any part of the controversial sneakers. But on Saturday night, Lonzo posted a picture on his Instagram account which featured a picture of him with Nike’s famous saying “It’s only a crazy dream until you do it” next to him. This prompted many NBA fans to jump the conclusion that Lonzo was leaving the Big Baller Brand for Nike after the meeting with the Lakers. While no evidence has surfaced to officially support this conclusion, it would seem as though Lonzo is switching brands. Lonzo and the Big Baller Brand have already made national news earlier this week after they were forced to cut ties with close business associate Alan Foster after allegations surfaced saying that the co-founder had taken $1.5 million dollars from the Lakers’ guard.