But at an NBA Summer League game last night, Ball wore Nike sneakers instead - and he had the best game of his professional career so far. I think what Lonzo Ball did (36 points) overshadowed what I did by a long shot.
Coming into the tournament, the Lakers were one of the favorites to win it all.
But Ball's summer league shoe switch drew most of the attention.
It certainly helps having a teammate like Lonzo, who - despite also having seven turnovers - had the entire team spreading the ball around via his contagious passing. "He's just incredible at getting that ball and pushing it".
"The way he passes the ball, the way he plays the game is contagious".
Despite his epic performance, the post-game discussions have centered around Ball's shoes. LaVar told Rovell in a text that there are presently "no negotiations with Nike".More news: Controversy Over Son's Meeting Follows President Trump To Paris
"My expectation was just to come in and try to dominate and try to impose my will (against) every single guy I play", Kuzma said. Even though it was Summer League, the competition is still there, and Magic Johnson had to be loving what he saw from his No. 2 pick.
After an bad first game, Ball is averaging 21.0 points, 11.3 assists, 9.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game over his last three games. The Ball family has reiterated Ball has freedom to wear whatever shoe brand he wants.
"I'm just playing how I always play", he said. Philly was led by Furkan Korkmaz's 19 points and Alex Poythress' 16-point outing.
While Ball has wowed executives, coaches and scouts in Vegas with his passing and court vision, the rookie point guard has struggled with his shot.