Sole Collector: Lonzo Ball is wearing the Air Jordan 31 tonight. When asked if he’s trying to start a bidding war, his answer was, “Something like that.”
LaVar commented to ESPN this weekend about Lonzo’s footwear and he explained why he went from Nike to Adidas to Under Armour in consecutive games. “It’s making a statement to the brands of what they could have had with an open mind. The players are the brand ambassadors. The brand is nothing without the players.”
Somewhat of an annual occurrence, Michael Jordan has signed another one of his own draft picks to Jordan Brand. After first round selection Malik Monk somewhat surprisingly landed with Nike Basketball last month, second round pick Dwayne Bacon has confirmed a direct deal with Jordan Brand.
Bacon joins teammates Kemba Walker, Frank Kaminsky, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller on the Jordan Brand roster. Perhaps Monk could be pulled over, but he’s being presented as a Nike Basketball athlete at the moment.
In 2015, there was a bit of controversy surrounding Jordan’s involvement in the process of signing players to Jordan Brand due to his role as a team owner. Technically, the league ruled that he cannot make the decision to add an NBA athlete, but brand officials are clearly making sure that his guys are being taken care of.