2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Los Angeles Lakers v Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Lakers rookie once again played in non-BBB shoes.

“Lonzo was great again,” Lakers Summer League coach Jud Buechler said after the Lakers’ number two overall pick put up another triple double last night, one consisting of 16 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds. After a poor start, it’s safe to say Lonzo Ball has turned his Las Vegas Summer League season around and now is averaging close to a triple double in what is ultimately an exhibition league. But there’s no question Ball has had his best games when not wearing his own signature sneakers, the Big Baller Brand Z02.

Yesterday we told you that in Wednesday night’s game Ball sported Nike Kobe ADs, while last night he opted for a pair of Adidas Harden LS Primeknit kicks, the signature shoe of Rockets star James Harden. As for why he opted for the Hardens over the Kobes or BBBs, Ball simply said he was doing it to switch it up. Still, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt took the opportunity to roast Ball for not wearing BBB sneakers while simultaneously plugging his own Reeboks:

Again, Ball spun his rotating sneaker closet as a positive and correctly stated that he’s one of the few players who can wear whatever sneakers they want on a given night because he doesn’t have a contract with any major sneaker label. On some level, we get it. With so many new sneakers hitting the market every day, it must be nice for Ball to know he could try out anything. One night he could rock LeBrons, and the next he could sport some Yeezy Boosts if he wanted to. But we also find it a little suspicious that the two sneakers he wore in place of the $495 BBB Z02s—the Kobe AD and Harden LS—are the shoes his signature kicks most resemble. (The Z02 is essentially a heavier, less technologically advanced-looking version of both the Kobe and the Harden LS.)

Is Lonzo Ball doing some IRL testing of these other sneakers so the BBB team (sidebar: who exactly is the BBB design team?) can improve his signature sneakers? Or, more cynically, is he wearing Nike and Adidas sneakers as a way to reignite negotiations to get himself a sneaker deal? At the end of the day, we’re not sure Lakers fans really care what kicks Lonzo Ball wears, so long as he keeps playing well and wins games.

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