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In turning over every stone in search of an answer, the Los Angeles Lakers asked Lonzo Ball if his Big Baller Band shoes were part of the factors in his repeated ankle injuries.
According to a report by Ramona Shelburne and Paul Lavigne of ESPN, the Lakers approached the second-year point guard out of UCLA earlier this season and asked if his signature basketball shoes played a part in three separate ankle injuries in his fledgling NBA career.
Yeah, they talked to me,” Ball said earlier this month. “They asked me about it, and I told ’em, ‘I feel comfortable. If I wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t play in ’em.’
“If I didn’t play in (his signature BBB shoes), I’d play in Kobe (Bryant’s signature Nike shoe). I work out in (LeBron James’ signature Nike shoe), but that’s because they’re heavier.”
Ball, whose season ended when he suffered a Grade-3 sprain of his left ankle Jan. 19 at Houston, said he told the Lakers he would be willing to make “minor” tweaks to his Big Baller Brand shoes.
The Lakers, who will miss the playoffs for a franchise-record sixth consecutive season, announced earlier this month they had shut down Ball for the season.
Ball, 21, averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists and 5.3 rebounds in 47 games on the season.
Since Ball’s injury, the Lakers (31-41) are 6-19 heading into a game against the visiting Sacramento Kings on Sunday night at Staples Center.
Ball missed 30 games of his rookie campaign because of a shoulder problem and a sprained MCL in his left knee.