It wasn't until about high school that I wore anything else other than a hooping shoe.
In 2003, LeBron James, the high school phenom touted as a can't-miss, once-in-a-lifetime prospect, was entering the league. He had sneaker deals waiting for him and he could have chosen to represent any brand, even his own if he wanted to launch one. He lived up to expectations in his very first game playing for his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, recording 25 points, Nike Air Max 95 Mujer nine assists, Nike Air Max 90 Womens and six rebounds, Adidas NMD Femme setting up fourteen years Nike Air Presto Femme of consistency with career averages of 27-7-7, as he's now in the discussion of being arguably the greatest of all-time. He even recently signed a lifetime deal with Nike reported to be worth over a billion dollars. According to Forbes, LeBron's shoes alone (not including apparel) pulled in $340 million in 2014, so a billion dollar lifetime deal is chump change to Nike.
LaVar Ball, with the creation of Big Baller Brand, sees LeBron James potential in his son. With the money these big behemoth brands make on the regular, it's not crazy to push for proprietorship. Aside from the outlandish statements, LaVar Ball is no different than Kevin Plank, Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman, and Adolf Dassler, founders of Under Armour, Nike, and Adidas.
LaVar was thinking long game when he figured his three Adidas EQT Support ADV Femme sons were going Adidas NMD Femme to be good ball players. Adidas Superstar Homme He developed his own brand and was in the process of designing and manufacturing his own signature shoe while most dream of signing a shoe deal. The earliest signature shoe I can remember wearing was the Nike Zoom Generation (LeBron's first sneaker) in all white with the red accents. They were ill, but kind of stiff. I remember wearing them on picture day with his jersey and a pair of RocaWear jeans, sporting the meanest bald fade west of the Chesapeake Bay. After that day, a classmate used to call me LeBron, but not because I was a good basketball player. It was a comparison made in jest because the bridge of my nose was big. Instead of resenting the classmate, instead of not caring, I started to dislike LeBron. I justified it by pinpointing his inconsistent shot and and his propensity to defer Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pink to his teammates Nike Air Max 2017 Damen in clutch moments Nike Air Max 90 Femme Noir et Rose over the years. I'm just now getting back to liking him now for his greatness on the court but more so for his philanthropy in serving underprivileged kids. I always found his sneakers to be nice, although they're sometimes cut too small or are heavy. Over the years I've had a few pair though (LeBron IV, LeBron IX low, LeBron XI, and the LeBron XIII low).