LaMelo Ball Signs With Puma, Reveals Why He Left Big Baller Brand (Other Than The Obvious)

LaMelo Ball Signs With Puma Reveals Why He Dumped Big Baller Brand

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LaMelo Ball of the Illawarra Hawks, the 2020 National Basketball League Rookie of the Year, AKA the next Michael Jordan, announced on Wednesday that he has officially signed a sneaker contract with Puma.

The 19-year old, who Scottie Pippen thinks should be the number one overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, whenever that takes place, joins DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Kyle Kuzma, Michael Porter Jr., RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox, Zhaire Smith, DeMarcus Cousins, Danny Green, Rudy Gay, Terry Rozier, and Skylar Diggins-Smith on Puma’s roster of NBA and WNBA spokespeople.

“Puma’s been making waves since their comeback to basketball, not just on the court but for the culture,” the youngest of the three Ball brothers told Complex. “They’re doing big things and are the new wave of hoops.”

So why Puma and not Big Baller Brand?

“Puma was a good fit because they tie basketball, music, and fashion so well together and will allow me to really bring my creative vision to life,” says Ball. “I don’t want to give too much away, but big things are coming. It’s been fun working with the Puma Hoops design team and I’ll just leave it at that.”

Makes sense.

LaMelo is coming off a NBL season where he averaged 17.0 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game, on 37.7 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from three-point land.

Pour one out for Big Baller Brand.