If Lonzo Ball is indeed looking for a new shoe company to align with, Nike will welcome him with open arms. This message comes from his Los Angeles Lakers teammate LeBron James.
James spoke with the Los Angeles Times about Ball's recent decision to distance himself from Big Baller Brand. It comes in the wake of Lonzo severing ties with BBB co-founder Alan Foster after Foster allegedly stole money from him and mismanaged his funds.
A new report today indicated that the Ball family is considering folding up the company.
While James said he "would definitely" welcome Ball to the Nike family, he mostly praised the second-year pro's decision to take matters into his own hands.
“I love the fact that he’s taking control of his [stuff],” James said. “I mean, he’s, that’s what’s really, really dope to me. Once I saw that story I just seen a kid turning into a man. ‘This is my career and I’m taking this. I done had enough with — whatever. I done had enough. Whatever. If I’m not going to be successful, I’m not going to be successful on my terms.’ I saw a lot of that. We’ll see.”
He added with a smile: “I mean he plays well when he has on Nikes.”
Ball and James had limited chances to play together this season in LA. Ball hasn't played since mid-January due to an ankle injury, and LeBron also missed time with ailments of his own.
The Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention over the weekend, making it six years in a row that the franchise has missed the postseason.
Expect the Purple and Gold to be active in free agency and on the trade market this summer in an effort to snap that streak.