LaMelo Ball Reveals New $125 Signature Sneaker , LaMelo Ball Goes Behind the Design of His First Puma Signature Shoe

LaMelo Ball Reveals New $125 Signature Sneaker , LaMelo Ball Goes Behind the Design of His First Puma Signature Shoe

LaMelo Ball Goes Behind the Design of His First Puma Signature Shoe

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The reigning rookie of the year will release his first signature sneaker with the brand in December.
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Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball shoots against the Toronto Raptors during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Charlotte, N.C.

As one of the most electrifying players in the NBA and reigning rookie of the year, it is not a surprise that Puma is ready to go all in on LaMelo Ball. The brand is prepping the release of Ball’s first signature shoe in December, the MB. 01, which also marks the company’s first signature shoe since relaunching its basketball category in 2018.

“I am excited to officially launch my first signature basketball shoe with Puma. Puma was great to work with during the design process. After signing with the brand last October, we got to work on MB.01,” said Ball. “I love wearing bright colors, so I knew early on that the MB.01 had to have some showstopping colors and a cool design. I wanted to work with Puma to create a basketball sneaker that’s different, and incorporated elements from my personal style. I wanted a shoe that represents me but also is something that everyone wants to wear not only on court but off court, too. I think Puma really captured my vision. I love the way MB.01 turned out; I can’t wait to wear them all season.”

Ball joins a lineup of Puma’s iconic basketball signature shoes named after basketball legends Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Ralph Sampson, and says he can’t believe he gets to join an exclusive group with basketball legends.

“I respect the game they played; they are legends. I’m just excited to have my own shoe at the start of my career. I want to continue to work to make an impact like they both did for the game.”

Since relaunching its basketball division, Puma has been aggressive in signing deals with upcoming hoops talent such as RJ Barrett, Michael Porter Jr., Kyle Kuzma, Kevin Porter Jr., and the company signed WNBA superstar Breanna Stewart to a multiyear shoe deal that guarantees a signature sneaker in the future.

Puma is banking on Ball to take the brand to new heights in a way Michael Jordan helped turn Nike into a billion-dollar titan in the shoe industry. Puma executives see Ball as the perfect signature sneaker star in the social media age. He has seven million followers on Instagram and is constantly on NBA highlight reels.

​​“We are proud to introduce the MB.01 as our first Puma Hoops signature shoe, just three years after reentering the basketball category, said Adam Petrick, global director of brand and marketing at Puma, in a release. “LaMelo and the MB.01 truly embodies what Puma Hoops is about, merging sport with culture while also pushing the brand forward with bold, bright and disruptive designs. This is just the beginning of many exciting projects to come.”

LaMelo says the design process was very collaborative, and he wanted to incorporate his style and unique details like “rocket flames” throughout the shoe. The tongue of the shoe includes LaMelo’s “Not From Here” motto, and the outsole showcases the word rare, which is one way he describes his game.

“I live by the motto “One of One,” which means I am not like everyone else,” said Ball. “I stand out as being different and I’m always 100% myself. That motto was really the inspiration behind MB.01. I wanted to create a different kind of sneaker, one that is “Not From Here,” to reflect my basketball journey to this point. MB.01 is just as unique as me.”

When asked how it is going to feel when he sees kids in his sneakers:

“Crazy! It’s going to be a surreal moment for me to see kids wearing MB.01. It’s so cool. I have dreamed about this moment, and I just can’t believe it’s going to be reality.”

The 2021-’22 NBA season is almost here, and excitement is building around the league for Charlotte Hornets point guard LaMelo Ball. With Ball entering his second year in the NBA, the Hornets are viewed as a must-watch team, and the hype surrounding him is officially off the charts.
If LaMelo Ball lives up to the hype, leading a lineup that features Miles Bridges, James Bouknight, Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, Charlotte can be a playoff threat this season.
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If LaMelo Ball lives up to the hype, leading a lineup that features Miles Bridges, James Bouknight, Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, Charlotte can be a playoff threat this season. Ball, selected No. 3 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft, started his rookie season coming off the bench. But it didn’t take long for the point guard to make an impact, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double.He soon joined Charlotte’s starting lineup and blossomed from there. While a fractured bone in his right wrist cost him some time, he still won the 2020-21 NBA Rookie of the Year Award with 84 first-place votes.

  • LaMelo Ball stats (2020-’21): 15.7 ppg, 6.1 apg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 spg in 28.8 minutes per contest

As Ball enters his second season with the Hornets, one NBA scout offered a remarkable player comparison to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

“LaMelo is a star. He’s Jason Kidd, with a better jump shot. He’s among the best passers in the NBA already. He showed leadership last season that I didn’t expect from him. You saw the way that team fell apart when he went out. He has a chance to be an All-Star this season.”

Keep in mind, Kidd was a 10-time All-Star selection and was named to the All-NBA First Team in five separate seasons. He led the NBA in assists five times and dominated as a defender for more than a decade. More importantly, he’s a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Suggesting that Ball can be a significantly better version of Kidd, which is what adding a jump shot would imply, puts him on a trajectory for more than just stardom. It would mean the 20–year-old has an opportunity to be one of the best players in his generation.

If Ball lives up to the hype, leading a lineup that features Miles Bridges, James Bouknight, Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward, Charlotte can be a playoff threat this season. If Ball’s game keeps improving and the Hornets surround him with more talent, this team could be a contender for years to come.

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Ball with the Illawarra Hawks in 2019
No. 2 – Charlotte Hornets
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born August 22, 2001 (age 20)
Anaheim, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school
NBA draft 2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career 2018–present
Career history
2018 Prienai
2018 Los Angeles Ballers
2019–2020 Illawarra Hawks
2020–present Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats 
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LaMelo LaFrance Ball (born August 22, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected by the Hornets with the third overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft.

Ball began high school at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California, where he won a state championship and achieved national success as a freshman with his older brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo. Before his junior season, a coaching dispute prompted him to leave Chino Hills and sign with Lithuanian professional team Prienai. In 2018, he played in the Junior Basketball Association (JBA), a league created by his father, before returning to high school as a senior with SPIRE Academy in Geneva, Ohio. A former UCLA commit, he was a five-star recruit but chose to forgo college basketball amid eligibility concerns and play in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL) in 2019, winning NBL Rookie of the Year. He was selected by the Hornets with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2021.

Ball and his brothers have attracted national attention since playing together in high school. His father, LaVar, also grew into a media personality in 2017. Ball has a signature shoe by his father’s company, Big Baller Brand, and a role on his family’s Facebook Watch reality show Ball in the Family.

Charlotte Hornets (2020–present)

Ball was projected as the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft . In the 2020 NBA draft, which was held on November 18, 2020, Ball was selected with the third overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets.[84] He and his brother Lonzo, who was chosen No. 2 overall in the 2017 draft, became the first set of brothers to both be drafted in the top 3 of the NBA draft.[85] After an up-and-down preseason, he began the regular season coming off the bench.[86] Ball made his debut on December 23, 2020, going scoreless along with one rebound, three assists, and two steals in 16 minutes in a 121–114 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[87]

On January 8, 2021, against the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball and Lonzo played in their first regulation game against each other at any level. Ball helped rally the Hornets from an 18-point deficit to a 118–110 win. He narrowly missed a triple-double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.[88] On January 9, at the age of 19 years old and 140 days, he became the youngest player in NBA history with a triple-double, breaking the record set by Markelle Fultz by 177 days. Ball had 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in a 113–105 win against the Atlanta Hawks.[89] On January 30, Ball recorded a then career-high 27 points, along with five rebounds, nine assists, and four steals in a 126–114 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[90] For his performance in December and January, Ball was awarded with Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month after averaging 12.2 points, 6.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 steals over his first 21 games in the NBA.[91] On February 1, Ball made the first start of his career in a 129–121 victory over the Miami Heat. He finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds, and seven assists.[92] On February 5, Ball recorded a career-high 34 points, along with eight assists, four rebounds, two steals, and one block in a 138–121 loss to the Utah Jazz. He also became the youngest player in franchise history to record a 30-point game.[93] He was named Rookie of the Month again for February after averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.7 assists in 13 games.[94] On March 21, Ball suffered a fractured bone in his right wrist in a loss against the Los Angeles Clippers and was listed as out indefinitely.[95][96] On April 19, Ball was cleared to resume basketball activities.[97][98] On May 1, Ball made his return from injury, putting up 11 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, in a 107–94 win against the Detroit Pistons.[99] After the season Ball was named the 2020–21 NBA Rookie of the Year and was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.[100][101]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS Games started  MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage  3P% 3-point field goal percentage  FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game  APG Assists per game  SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game  PPG Points per game  Bold Career high

NBA

 
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2020–21 Charlotte 51 31 28.8 .436 .352 .758 5.9 6.1 1.6 .4 15.7
Career 51 31 28.8 .436 .352 .758 5.9 6.1 1.6 .4 15.7

NBL

 
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2019–20 Illawarra 12 12 31.2 .377 .250 .723 7.4 6.8 1.7 .2 17.0

LKL

 
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Prienai 8 1 12.8 .268 .250 .737 1.1 2.4 .8 .1 6.5

Personal life

Ball (right) with his father, LaVar, and brother, LiAngelo, after playing in a London exhibition game for Prienai in April 2018

Ball is the youngest son of LaVar and Tina (née Slatinsky) Ball, who are both former college basketball players. LaVar, who stands 6-foot-6 (1.98 m), competed with Washington State and then Cal State Los Angeles. Tina, who stands 6-feet (1.83 m), also played with the latter school.  Later on, LaVar played professional football as a tight end for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football after being loaned from the New York Jets. In 2017, LaVar became a popular but polarizing sports media personality, primarily for making outlandish remarks about the careers of himself and his sons. Ball’s cousin Andre plays college basketball for Pepperdine.

Since his freshman season in high school, Ball has drawn the attention of national sports outlets and established a large social media following.  By 2017, many analysts were calling him a celebrity.  Ball has a role in the Facebook Watch reality show Ball in the Family, which was launched in August 2017 and documents the lives of his family members. On June 26, 2017, Ball appeared on a segment of WWE Raw with members of his family, during which he told his father, “Beat that nigga ass!”[110] The WWE later apologized for his “inappropriate language.” Ball is the subject of a rap single titled “Melo Ball 1” and released by his brother, Lonzo, on September 8, 2017.

On August 31, 2017, Big Baller Brand, a sports apparel company launched by Ball’s family in 2016, released a signature shoe for him called the Melo Ball 1 (MB1). He became the youngest athlete to ever have a signature shoe.

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