Lonzo Ball admitted that his signature Big Baller Brand shoes fell apart when he was playing for the Lakers, forcing him to switch shoes every quarter because they ripped so easily.
Ball said his “ZO2” sneakers were not ready to be played in and it looked like his shoes “exploded” after each game. He had a system in place with his manager Darren Moore to swap out his playing sneakers after each quarter.
“Them ‘ZO2s’ I was playing in, they was not ready,” Ball said on the “LightHarted Podcast,” which is hosted by his Pelicans teammate Josh Hart. “No one knows this, but D-Mo [Moore] had a backpack, and he had like an extra four pairs of shoes in there, because I had to switch them every quarter because they would just rip.
“‘Cause they were my shoe. I had to debut them. We went so far with it, I was like ‘Cool, I can get a quarter in, but that’s it. We’ve got to switch them every quarter.’ And it’s crazy, right when I switched my shoes, then all of a sudden magically I got good again.”
— LightHarted Podcast (@lighthartedpod) September 4, 2019
The Lakers expressed concerns that the guard’s Big Baller Brand shoes could have been reason for some of his ankle issues. Ball told ESPN in March that the Los Angeles asked him about his signature shoes, but he insisted that he was comfortable in them.
Ball has since had a public falling out with Big Baller Brand, which launched in 2016. He cut ties with the company after Ball alleged the company’s co-founder Alan Foster “used his access to my business and personal finances to enrich himself,” according to ESPN. He also covered up his Big Baller Brand tattoo with a pair of dice.
After two seasons with the Lakers, Ball was traded to the Pelicans during the offseason.