Um, would you buy LaVar and Lonzo Ball’s $495 shoes or $220 flip flops?
EXCLUSIVE: Lonzo Ball’s signature sneaker has arrived.
Independently made by Big Baller Brand.
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) May 4, 2017
NBA Draft prospect Lonzo Ball’s dad, LaVar, might have a plan.
It’s not a debate he gets publicity, and the release of his independent Big Baller Brand’s first basketball shoe on Thursday certainly came with a wave of social media reaction. Somehow, Ball’s first shoe doesn’t look bad at all.
It’s the perfect amount of style without being too flashy. Considering the ego of the man we’re dealing with, it’s pleasantly surprising the Big Baller Brand logo isn’t plastered from toe to heel.
But with all due respect, we don’t think these kicks will change the sports world forever as the brand’s Twitter account said.
Also, if you haven’t heard, a pair of the ZO2 Prime kicks will cost you nearly $500.
— Bryan Burgan (@ShineItDeep) May 4, 2017
That is Gucci-level expensive. Also, season tickets for the Memphis Grizzlies expensive.
The Lonzo Ball shoes cost as much as GUCCI LOAFERS.
No. No. No. pic.twitter.com/Yn9ua93YeM
— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) May 4, 2017
The price tag of the Big Baller Brand ZO2 vs. Watching a full season of the Memphis Grizzlies pic.twitter.com/ZXqHvGCRRw
— Alexis Morgan (@alexiskmorgan) May 4, 2017
That’s going to hurt the wallet for a shoe that, um, looks very similar to other mainstream basketball kicks. Specifically, they look a little too much like Kobe’s Nike series.
Not sure if the Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime, or the Kobe 8… 🤔
(Note: We have ZERO affiliation with Big Baller Brand!) pic.twitter.com/Bf0UMXJjjC
— Big Ballers Podcast (@BBallersPodcast) May 4, 2017
Lavar was like oh Big 3 huh, I'll show you big 3. Big Baller Brand is gonna charge more money AND we're gonna use all your designs! pic.twitter.com/UglppLQAFJ
— Justine Brown (@Justine_Brown) May 4, 2017
Kobe looking at Lonzo Ball's shoe like….. That looks really similar to mine. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/qS8zYg0A9d
— Dylan (@DylansFreshTake) May 4, 2017
When you wearing Lonzo Ball's BBB Shoes and someone else wearing Kobe 12s pic.twitter.com/Ez7xhMrPlH
— MVP Sports (@MVPsportsinfo) May 4, 2017
Shaquille O’Neal, who has his own brand of basketball shoes that generally run on the affordable side compared to the LeBron, Jordan and Kobe sneakers, publically criticized LaVar Ball for making his shoes unaffordable.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) May 4, 2017
Maybe even worse than the shoes — which we can only hope cost so much because they are actually made of expensive materials — is the Big Baller Brand flip flops.
Those only put a $220 dent in the wallet, which many point out as being $30 more than a pair of Gucci slides.
& Lastly, The ZO2 Slide. pic.twitter.com/gyzHscfA3w
— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) May 4, 2017
Just in case people were wondering…
Gucci Slides are $190
— Maxwell McKendry (@McKendryMM12) May 4, 2017
"Future only wears Gucci Flip flops because he can't afford Big Baller Brand" – LaVar Ball, probably later this week. pic.twitter.com/hK3vDdbLqG
— Ari Alexander (@AriA1exander) May 4, 2017
Lonzo Ball out here trying to sell slides for $220 and shoes for $495 pic.twitter.com/gJeMY6SDgX
— LakeShowYo™ (@LakeShowYo) May 4, 2017
Anyway, the good people of the internet realized how ridiculous all of this was.
Lonzo: "We're selling the shoes for $495"
— Jasmine (@JasmineLWatkins) May 4, 2017
Lavar Ball in the Nike boardroom pitching Big Baller Brand like pic.twitter.com/1YTRQnWIWB
— Ricky! Ricky! Rick! (@dayumricky) April 28, 2017
LaVar Ball announces Lonzo will wear the new Big Baller Brand Barefoot 1s for his rookie season https://t.co/5QSJzsSv1c
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) May 3, 2017
When Lonzo Ball finds out his $495 shoes gonna be at Payless for $4.95
Credit – Cody pic.twitter.com/wac8ktjthG
— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) May 4, 2017
So Lavar Ball expects people to pay 500 dollars for a worse version of kobes? And 220 for slides? pic.twitter.com/nsPFkJi33T
— Glory Okoli 🇳🇬 (@gloryok24) May 4, 2017
lavar ball walking into nike next week with his google analytics and twitter trending numbers pic.twitter.com/3Zdt6ySeQc
— TheN (@ALLCAPS_) May 4, 2017
“Hello, Sharks. My name is LaVar Ball and my company is called Big Baller Brand. I’m seeking $100 million dollars for a 10% equity stake…" pic.twitter.com/0PjkDn9umC
— Andrew Ungvari (@DrewUnga) April 30, 2017