Lonzo Ball is admitting he KNEW his $500-per-pair Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime sneakers were faulty — and would explode on him during games — but he continued to hawk ’em anyway.
“Those ZO2s I was playing in, they was not ready,” Ball admitted on Josh Hart‘s ‘LightHarted’ Podcast.
Ball — who was playing for the Lakers during the BBB shoe era — says he would bring 4 pairs of the shoes to games because he knew they would break and he had to switch them out every quarter,.
“If you literally had my shoes from those, games, they’re just exploded bro.”
If you recall, BBB initially offered the ZO2 Prime shoes to the public for $500-a-pair in 2017 — but later announced they were scrapping the design in favor of the ZO2 Prime Remix shoe.
It seems obvious now why BBB made the change. Unclear if any of the faulty shoes were actually sent to customers.
When asked why he wore them — even after he knew they were defective — Ball explained, “Because they were my shoes, I had to debut ’em.”
Ball says he actually HATED wearing the shoes and implied that his game suffered as a result.
“And, its crazy,” Ball says … “Right when i switched my shoes, magically, I got good again.”
Ball says he kept the secret about his crappy shoes to himself to protect the brand.