LaVar Ball said Wednesday that if Nike, Under Armour or Adidas wants to make a deal with his Big Baller Brand now, the asking price is $3 billion. He also explained that he sees no need to market his products to women.
During an interview with Colin Cowherd and Kristine Leahy on Fox Sports 1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd”, Ball once again made the world know that he wanted his son, Lonzo Ball, to only play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. LaVar also stated, when asked about the sales of Big Baller Brand’s ZO2 shoes, that he had sold between 400 and 500 pairs.
When asked if he would deal with the big shoe companies now that Lonzo is set to be drafted by the Lakers, Ball said this:
“Now that Lonzo’s headed to Los Angeles, what they should have done is give me a billion dollars and let me be on my way. Now you know … if they want to talk to me now, it just went up to $3 billion. Triple B’s — billion, billion, billion. That’s the only way they going to come at me. I’m already in the building. I don’t need them for nothing, as you can tell.”
Other than Ball’s remarks about his son’s playing future and the release of the ZO2 shoes, this interview was marred with controversy, as Kristine Leahy and LaVar Ball got into a very heated argument.
Leahy, whom Ball earlier referred to as a “hater” and told to “stay in your lane” after she pressed him on the number of shoes sold, argued that for Big Baller Brand to be appealing to the big shoe companies, he would have to market his products to women. Ball outright denied the idea, stating he only needed to market to women if he had a “women’s brand.” Big Baller Brand does in fact have a Women’s section on their site by the way.
Only a short time later, Leahy accused LaVar of disrespecting women. Ball shot back with “I never disrespect women, but I tell you what, if you act like that, something’s coming to you and it’s OK.”
When Leahy asked whether he was threatening her, Ball said: “See how she’s trying to turn the words. I would never threaten you.” Leahy pointed out that Ball said something was coming to her, to which he replied: “I don’t know what it is. I’m not a psychic.” in typical Ball manner.
Other than this verbal spat and Big Baller Brand, LaVar discussed Lonzo’s draft plans, explaining that the UCLA prospect will only work out for the Lakers leading up to draft night.
“If Lonzo goes to Boston, he turns into a 2. … Lonzo’s always going to be a point guard. He can play any position, but his true position is point guard and Boston has so many guards, you don’t need that guy. Here’s the thing: I prefer Zo to go to the Lakers, but if Boston were to choose him and Lonzo wants to play basketball, then guess what, he doesn’t care where he goes.”