It appears LaVar Ball may be doing some things right. Mr. Ball previously stated that he feels his sons Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo should receive a shoe and apparel deal worth $1 Billion. Outlandish to say the least right?
Well while many were laughing it appears some paramount people are paying attention. It appears the Nike co-founder and sneaker legend himself Phil Knight has some interest in UCLA’s top draft pick in the upcoming 2017 NBA draft, Lonzo Ball.
Phil Knight has gone on record to say that Lonzo Ball is an awfully good player. He has also mentioned that the folks at Nike have shown interest. As for the $1 Billion deal, Phil Knight believes it is a bit steep but if they can get it, then get it.
Following comes from Josh Peter of USA Today.
Phil Knight, co-founder of Nike, said the company would be interested in signing Lonzo Ball, the UCLA star who is turning pro after completing his freshman season.
Knight also said he has no qualms about Lonzo’s father, LaVar, seeking $1 billion in exchange for a shoe and apparel deal for Lonzo and LaVar Ball’s two younger brothers.
“If he can get it, get it,’’ Knight said.
But apparently the Balls won’t be getting that $1 billion from Nike.
“It’s a little steep,’’ said Knight, and of Lonzo Ball he added, ““He’s an awfully great player. Yeah, we have an interest.”
You have to think with the attention the Ball family generates having them on their roster at Nike would be a wise thing to do. There are currently no talks about a potential deal but with interest now circulating we can expect for things to pick up speed soon once Lonzo Ball is drafted.