The NBA summer league is the perfect time to see newly drafted rookies and how they're adapting to the heightened competition level. But for some rookies, like Lonzo Ball, it's an even better time to dissect their choices in fashionâlike when Ball chose to wear Nike's over his signature Big Baller Brand kicks on Wednesday.
Of course, when Ball chose to roll out his own signature sneaker under the family brand before the NBA Draft, his move was widely criticized. He turned down millions to go rogue and called it a dream to have his own shoe. So when he toggled from Big Ballers to Nikes for the summer league game on Wednesday, it was fair to wonder what changed.
The Lakers rookie delivered an explanation as only a big baller can do.
"When you're a big baller, you can wear whatever you want," he said via TNT's David Aldridge.
Whatever the explanation, his shoe switch seemed to work beautifully. Ball came into Wednesday shooting 2 of 16 from the 3-point line in his first two games, but was an absolute terror from the floor against the 76ers by dishing out 11 assists, grabbing 8 rebounds, and going 12 of 20 from the floor while dropping 36 pointsâincluding 15 in the fourth quarter.
HIGHLIGHTS: In 36 minutes tonight, Lonzo Ball finished with 36 points, 11 assists, 8 rebounds, and 5 steals #LakersSummerpic.twitter.com/FOn8tHTQ3x— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 13, 2017
Big ballers can do whatever they please, but it's hard to argue this: Lonzo, in a one-game sample size, is a killer in Nike sneakers. Maybe it's time for a permanent switch.