The ZO2 Lonzo Ball’s signature shoe will be released in Sept. 2017 and the preservation price is $495. It might as well be $500.
Not only the price, but the thought process and the man behind the plan, his dad, the infamous LaVar Ball. The fact that the greatest player in NBA history Michael Jordan and his brand sells the most shoes for an average of $150. The Jordan brand, along with NIKE, and ADDIDAS make prices affordable for the average customer. Those are established brands that been in the game for dozens of years. Nike recently declined the opportunity to co-brand with Big Ballers’ Brand(BBB).
Note that Lonzo hasn’t even been drafted yet, but his dad has the upmost confidence in his childrens’ abilities. So much confidence that he said that, “my boy is better than Stephen Curry”. That’s not all. “If the Lakers draft Lonzo, he’ll have the same impact that Magic Johnson had”.
The madness has to stop!
The pressure that LaVar is placing on his son is by far the most in pro sports history. Lonzo must play great right away. He must perform at levels that LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Karl Anthony-Towns, and Michael Jordan played at as rookies. Lonzo averaged a triple double in high school and led UCLA to the tournament before coming up short against Kentucky, and being out-played by D’Aaron Fox, another top 10 prospect. IF, and ONLY IF Lonzo does exceed expections, LaVar would have hit the jackpot. Even though he rubbed many people the wrong way by saying, “if you can’t afford the shoes, you’re not a big baller”, there will be some people who will be idiotic enough to buy the shoes.
LaVar indeed has made himself a household name, appearing on major talk shows spitting the confidence.
It is time for the Pistons to trade their starting point guard Reggie Jackson and allow the backup floor general Ish Smith to run the offense.
The Pistons started the season without Jackson due to a knee injury. During that time the Pistons were a top 5 defensive team and had an overall record of 11-10. They are currently 25-28 and the number 8th seed in the Eastern Conference with Jackson returning as the head man.
Jackson is more of the prototypical “modern-day point guard”. He’s 6’3 208lbs, averaging 16 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists per game, with a score first mentality . Ish Smith is a tradional pass first point guard who thrives in getting the entire team involved and pushing the tempo. He’s only listed at 6’0 but regardless of his size, he’s the better defender.
The players have expressed more happiness with Ish on the floor rather than Reggie. Reggie is a solid player, but he tends to have the tunnel vision and head-strong mentality and shot selection that his former teammate Russell Westbrook plays with every game. Ish is a below average offensive player, but with him on the floor players like Marcus Morris, Jon Leuer and Tobias Harris played some of the best basketball of their careers.
NBA Analyst and former hall of fame player Charles Barkley stated on TNT after a Detroit loss to Boston that “the problem with Detroit is that they have players there who thinks they’re better than what they really are.”
Head Coach Stan Van Gundy signed Reggie Jackson two seasons ago to a 5-year 80 million dollar contract. The Pistons reached the playoffs and were expected to make that leap into conference contention this season. It has easily been the exact opposite and it all starts with the primary decision maker.
Starting shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in his contract year. He’s averaging 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, and he’s only 23 years old. Sources have confirmed that he will be demanding 20 million dollars this upcoming offseason. With the core being young the Pistons have major decisions to make about the future.