“I am really excited to be joining the Puma family,”
“I believe the brand is the perfect partner for me because Puma will allow me to just be myself. I want to be 100 percent authentic, whether that’s playing basketball or showing off my personal style, and that’s what I want to do with Puma.”
It was confirmed yesterday. The basketball player Lamelo Ball signed a contract with Puma. The amount of the contract is unknown, however, In December, NBL analyst Corey Williams reported Ball received an offer of $100 million. The contract will make him the first Ball brother to sign a deal with a company outside of the family’s Big Baller Brand.
The player is a possible candidate to be the first pick of the following NBA season. According to sports analysts, there’s no doubt he will be in the top five of the first-round picks.
Lamelo is the younger son of the former professional football player Lavar Ball. His two brothers Lonzo Ball and LiAngelo Ball are basketball players too. Lonzo plays the point guard position in the NBA for the New Orleans Pelicans, while LiAngelo plays shooting guard in the G League for the Oklahoma City Blues.
It is expected that he will be chosen as the first pick, or second like his brother Lonzo in the year 2017.
Lamelo has been in the public eye for years. Not only because he is the son of Lavar Ball, but it’s also because of his talent and skills as a point guard. In 2018 he played in Los Angeles Ballers with amazing numbers. Over eight regular-season games, Ball averaged a triple-double with 39.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 11.5 assists per game, while being named to the All-Star Game.
One time, he scored 92 points with the Chino Hills, and 41 were only in the fourth quarter. That performance drew the attention of sports bloggers, the internet, and big names in sports like Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, and other athletes who tweeted posts about his performance.
The ESPN analyst compares him with Luka Doncic. “It reminds me of the Slovenian, in terms of size and creativity. He plays with great rhythm, nothing scares him. Every time he has the ball you can expect something different to happen. He sees everything, he can make all kinds of passes with both hands, he controls the games completely.”
Basketball fans are expecting big numbers from Lamelo Ball the next season.
Was Puma right to hire him before starting the NBA? Or should they have waited for their debut?