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Five Potential Shoe Companies For Lonzo Ball


Lonzo Ball is one of the top two or three players in the NBA draft, but he can’t land a major shoe deal because his father is a crazy person. That’s not exactly why he doesn’t have a deal but we all know that is why.

Anyway, today it was reported that Nike, Adidas and Under Armour all denied Ball for an endorsement. Sources from the Big Three companies told they are moving on without the Ball family on board.

So what’s that leave for Big Baller Brand’s shoe connection?

I have five suggestions that could really use a boost:


1. Dada Supreme

Dada was big in 2001 when it signed Latrell Sprewell and sold his signature shoe with spinning “Sprewell” rims on the side.

According to Wikipedia, the company was purchased in 2015 by a Taiwanese businessman named 姜豐年.

Someone put him in touch with the Balls.



2. AND1

Now that the days of of Skip to My Lou, Main Event, The Professor, Hot Sauce, Spyda, 50, and AO are long gone, AND1 needs a revamp. The company is still doing well in Wal-Marts, but not what it could be doing with a new face and new handles carrying the brand in the NBA.



3. British Knights

It used to be the case that “the shoe ain’t nothin’ without the BK button,” which was the old motto of the British Knights sneakers. But Derrick Coleman, the brand’s first basketball endorsement, has been retired for over a decade and no one stepped in to take the British Knights throne.



4. Starbury

A good point guard needs a good point guard’s shoe, and Stephon Marbury is just the guy for Lonzo Ball to follow. Marbury launched his shoe line in 2006 with a pair of $14.98 basketball shoes to compete with higher priced shoes on the market. It’ll take the Balls a little longer to get to a billion with a $15 shoe, but it’s a start.



5. L.A. Gear

The obvious solution here is for Lonzo to sign with L.A. Gear, especially if he goes to the Lakers. He’s from right outside L.A., he played at UCLA and he can attach himself to the city forever with his own L.A. Gear shoe. Maybe some L.A. Lights?


Now be honest… How many of you owned any of those shoes?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

20 Comments for Five Potential Shoe Companies For Lonzo Ball

  1. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    5:37 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    So he hasn’t alienated K-Swiss or Fila yet?

  2. stl_cat
    5:54 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Haha I did used to own a pair of dada supremes…was in about 6th or 7th grade when they dropped and we all thought they were the coolest things ever

  3. JamesWorleyIII
    5:57 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    I had a pair of LA Gear pumps, although I really wanted the Reebok pumps. I also had some pretty sweet Fila’s…maybe he can get a Converse andorsement?

    • kenny
      6:42 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

      Nike owns converse, ain’t happening

  4. UK Maine-iac
    6:12 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Had a pair of BK Knights and some LA Gear. Think Lonzo should go with Faded Glory. Their knockoff Chuck’s are only nine dollhairs.

    I know this won’t detour Psycho Dad, but someone in that family should tell Big Baller it’s time to STFU, you’re stupidity is hurting your children.

  5. truBLU
    6:31 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    I literally shot basketball at shilito park yesterday in my old blue/white dada supremes (not spinners)….seriously!

  6. truBLU
    6:33 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink
  7. How about Roos? “Shoes for your feet! Pockets for your stuff!”

    I just saw that they’ve made a comeback at Payless. No lie.

  8. dante
    6:59 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    maybe PF Flyers could stage a comeback.

  9. Wilfred Smith
    7:13 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    No love for Pony? Sad.

    • CatManDo
      6:48 am April 29, 2017 Permalink

      The only brand I wore in high school.
      Their baseball cleats were actually very popular.

  10. BBaxterUK
    7:35 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink


  11. CstlCAT22
    7:38 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Had em all except dada lol. We were poor and I was terrible at basketball.

    • truBLU
      7:53 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

      My previously mentioned Dada supremes were originally $120, but I worked at Spencer’s in turfland mall at the time so I was able to snag them on clearance at foot locker around 02 or 03…plus the manager hooked me up with his employee discount. I think I got them out the door for like $19! They’ve held up unbelievably well.

    • truBLU
      8:00 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

      Also got the blie/white t-macs around the same time frame in the same clearance/discount way. Mall store managers hooked each other up at turfland! Good old days.

  12. BigDaddyUK
    7:41 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Someone put him in touch with the Balls.

  13. playmorezeppelin
    9:31 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Owned more dada’s than I’m proud to admit.

  14. dballrb
    11:52 pm April 28, 2017 Permalink

    Wow!,I had forgotten about the BKs and LA gear..I rocked a pair of BK high tops in High School..Now where are the “Members Only” jackets??

  15. UkfanMatt
    2:13 pm April 29, 2017 Permalink

    I wore LA Lights when playing elementary school basketball. I thought I was cool stuff running up and down the court with my shoes flashing.