Lonzo Ball’s First Shoe Released


Kyle Hoeppner and Alex Nannetti

Lavar Ball the owner of Big Baller Brand and father of Lonzo Ball has done it again. This time his company Big Baller Brand released Lonzo Ball’s first signature sneaker. It is called the ZO2 and costs 495 dollars. The shoes design also received mixed reviews.

A Lonzo Ball-autographed pair of the shoes, in the “Wet” color scheme, are being sold for $995. Sandals with Lonzo Ball’s logo on the top are $220 per pair. The main shoe has a “microfiber python texture” in matte black and what the website describes as a “Delorean finish.”

Arrowhead Senior Dowan Dougherty said, “I will buy them because I want to be a big baller.”

According to the Big Baller Brand website, all sales of the ZO2 are final and there could be a wait for fans to get a pair. The website says there will be no refunds or exchanges and that the shoes would be shipped by Nov. 24.

Lonzo Ball, who played one year at UCLA, is projected to be among the top three picks in the NBA draft, which takes place June 22.
Lavar Ball said on his Twitter @Lavarbigballer, ‘Big Baller’s loose! If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!”
The tweet led to athletes and people saying the price is absurd. People have given the shoe positive and negative reviews. People are saying the logo on the shoe is a copy of the zone 6 logo that a coach at Ohio State football coach made. This has led speculation that the coach might sue BIG BALLER BRAND, but there hasn’t been any word yet on that.
NBA Hall of famer Shaquille O’Neal weighed in on the shoe, “ Hey @Lavarbigballer real big baller brands don’t overcharge kids for shoes.”   Shaq’s shoes retail for between $13 and $68 at Walmart.
Lonzo was trying to get a shoe deal with a major shoe brand, but Adidas, Nike, and Under Armour but they all declined to give him an offer.
Lavar Ball who is the father of Lonzo wanted to get a 1 billion dollar package deal for Lonzo and his to younger brothers Liangelo who will go to UCLA next year and Lamelo who will be a junior at Chino Hills High School.
No company wants to give an 1 billion dollar offer. It is unheard of, especially if Lonzo Ball and his brothers turn out to be terrible players then the company who signed them would of wasted a billion dollars and have shoes that sit on the shelves because nobody wants to buy them.
It will be interesting to see what will happen with the Big Baller Brand and if Lonzo will be able to sign a shoe deal with another brand if a company is willing to sign him.