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LaMelo Ball
LaMelo Ball
Position: G
Born: 08/22/01
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:181 lbs. / 82.1 kg.
Salary: $8,623,920
For a teenager who grew up with two older brothers potentially headed to the pros and a headline-garnering pops, it turned out that LaMelo Ball proved to be an instant star. Now in his third season with the Charlotte Hornets, the All-Star point guard is not only looking to turn around the franchise’s fortunes, he’s also looking to revive Puma’s once-dormant basketball category. The second colorway of his second signature shoe with the company, the MB.02 Phenom, launches this week, with design details drafted off of his outsize personality, boldly placed tattoos, and love of loud looks.
“He’s Melo, that’s for sure. He is who he thinks he is,” said Jeremy Sallee, Puma Basketball’s head of design. “He’s one of one, rare, not from here – he’s got his own sense of style and he doesn’t care what’s going on trendwise. He’s gonna do what he wants to do, with supreme confidence. That’s the gift with Melo. He’s supremely confident with what he wears, how he plays and who he is.”
Foot Locker was so sure of his star power that it locked in an exclusive distribution agreement for the MB series, showcasing Ball’s latest model in elevated store wall displays and ramping up availability to more than 700 Foot Locker locations across the country. “It came at the right time for Puma and the right time for our relationship with them. It also came at a perfect time for basketball,” said Jed Berger, who was chief marketing officer of Foot Locker at the time of the interview in March and was named president of Kenneth Cole in August. “It’s really good for the sneaker industry when basketball is hot. It’s really good for the industry when multiple brands have talent that is doing great,” Berger said. “We have an amazing partnership with Puma, that is really focused around LaMelo.”