This Warriors coach isn’t a big baller.
On the same day LaVar Ball, UCLA product Lonzo Ball’s father, and Big Baller Brand unveiled their $495 ZO2 sneakers, Mike Brown was asked if he would buy his children “a pair of shoes for $500 from an unproven NBA player after college?”
“Uh, no,” the Warriors interim head coach responded before Golden State’s 115-104 win over Utah, while bursting out in laughter.
Brown has been filling in for Steve Kerr, who has been suffering from back pain related to a 2015 surgery.
There was a wave of criticsm on social media over the price of the shoe, including from Shaquille O’Neal who tweeted: “Hey @Lavarbigballer real big baller brands don’t over charge kids for shoes.”
But the elder Ball wasn’t having any of it.
“Big Baller’s loose! If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re NOT a BIG BALLER!” LaVar tweeted, along with a money bag emoji.
Some athletes did appreciate LaVar’s ingenuity, creating his own company instead of having Lonzo team up with an established one.
NFL star Michael Bennett said he is going to buy two pairs of the sneaker out of “respect” for what LaVar is doing.
“Giving his kids a chance to be owners and not a slave to the system. Not one player gets stock in Nike this is his company a lot different,” he tweeted on Thursday, while adding “keep buying Nike and Adidas n go visit their factories and see if u still feel that way.”
His brother, Martellus Bennett, seemed intrigued but wasn’t buying the price: “$500 is the issue. Interested in seeing their marketing strategy.”