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Nike, Under Armour, Adidas all say no to shoe deal with Lonzo Ball


It seems LaVar Ball's mouth has gotten himself and his son, Lonzo Ball, into a bit of a pickle.

LaVar confirmed earlier today that Nike, Under Armour and Adidas were not interested in signing his three sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo.

Never in the history of sports have big shoe and sporting apparel companies outright refused to sign a potential number one pick this far out from the NBA Draft. It's unprecedented. The things LaVar Ball was asking for were also unprecedented however.

Father Ball was asking all three companies to license Ball's 'Big Baller Brand' from him. He also was showing them prototypes of Lonzo's first signature shoe he had designed himself.

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"We've said from the beginning, we aren't looking for an endorsement deal," LaVar told ESPN. "We're looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they're not ready for that because they're not used to that model. But hey, the taxi industry wasn't ready for Uber, either. Just imagine how rich Tiger (Woods), Kobe (Bryant), Serena (Williams), (Michael) Jordan and LeBron (James) would have been if they dared to do their own thing," LaVar said. "No one owned their own brand before they turned pro. We do and I have three sons so it's that much more valuable."

Now that the three main shoe companies in the US are off the table, LaVar said he will pursue the major Chinese shoe companies (Peak, Li-Ning and Anta).

"We're not going to sign with a company and then wait around for five or six years for shoe like Paul George had to wait for with Nike," Ball said. "I've been working on that shoe ever since my boys were born."

Time will tell if Lonzo will be rocking out in a pair of custom Peak's or Anta's, that is if the Chinese brands are willing to sign with him at all.