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3 possible reasons Lonzo Ball didn't wear his own shoe at his Lakers workout

Lonzo Ball wore James Harden’s signature shoe at his Lakers workout

Lonzo Ball said he was going to wear his signature ZO2 shoes throughout his rookie season, but he didn’t wear them during his first pre-draft workout with the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday afternoon.

Instead, Ball opted to go with the Adidas Harden 1 “Disruptor,” which is an iteration of James Harden’s first signature shoe.

In case you were wondering, yes, this is weird. Ball has a signature shoe, and he isn’t wearing it. His name is attached to this shoe, and the brand is trying to move pairs. A signature sneaker athlete not wearing his own product is a red flag for consumers.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. There may be a few reasons why Ball isn’t wearing his sneaker, and those reasons aren’t all bad.

1. The Harden 1s are the most comfortable shoe for Ball

This is work for Ball. From day one, it’s been clear that the goal for him and his camp is to be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. After declining to work out for the Boston Celtics, that was clearer than ever.

Obviously, he wants to be at his best during the workout, and that could mean wearing shoes he is most comfortable moving in. Ball has a history with the Harden 1. It’s a shoe he often wore at UCLA.

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So Ball could just be opting to play in a shoe that he trusts. And if that’s the case, it’s the smartest thing to do. Remember, he hasn’t played since his last Sweet Sixteen game against Kentucky.

It’s just a shoe, but what athletes wear matters a lot more than you’d think — not just for the look, but for comfort.

2. Big Baller Brand doesn’t have a pair of shoes made for Lonzo yet

Now this? This would be hilarious. What if Ball isn’t wearing his own signature shoe because there isn’t one just yet?

I mean, it makes sense. Generally, when basketball players wear a shoe on court, there are some tweaks made for comfort inside the shoe. It could very well be the case that those customizations haven’t happened for Ball yet.

But, no. That’s not what I mean. I mean, like, seriously, what if there are none yet?

For those who have ordered the shoe already, and there are at least 500 people who have, they have to wait until Nov. 24 to get them. NOVEMBER. TWENTY. FOURTH.

It’s June! People are paying $495 for this sneaker right now but cannot see it for at least another five months. And by the way, you can’t even get a refund.

This entire thing sounds sketchy, and Ball not wearing the shoe to his workout only adds to the speculation that these shoes may not even be in mass production at this point.

We do know that there is at least one pair, because Ball held one in his hand during the shoe’s unveiling with Slam Magazine. But what size is that shoe? Can Lonzo actually wear it? We’ve never seen any pictures of him with the shoe on.


3. Ball just doesn’t want to wear them yet

LaVar Ball has done yeoman’s work getting people to talk, tweet, and write about the Big Baller Brand on big stages. And maybe that’s what is going on here. Maybe Lonzo didn’t wear the shoe on purpose.

On Monday in an interview with Joe La Puma, LaVar said he wouldn’t make his children wear the ZO2 model if they didn’t want to.

“I don’t just restrict them to just having the shoe, but it depends on how the brand grows. ... Lonzo can wear any shoe he wants.

Lonzo himself, in that same interview, said he would wear his own shoe throughout the season. But keep this in mind: The season hasn’t started yet.

Maybe the brand marketers have some sort of idea on how to roll out the shoe that hasn’t manifested yet. Maybe they’re waiting for Lonzo’s season to start to do it. We don’t know at this point. We have more questions than answers.

You can be sure of one thing, though. The anticipation to see these shoes on foot is building. When, or if, Ball finally does wear them, people will certainly still be talking about them.