Marvin Bagley III Credits Big Baller Brand For Inspiring His Puma Deal
The 2018 NBA Draft is coming up on Thursday, and both Marvin Bagley III and Deandre Ayton are expected to go somewhere in the top-5 because their talent is too great to pass up.
They have yet to be selected and sign their contracts, but the two young guys have already made a major splash on the business side of basketball. While most top players are quick to sign with the big three shoe companies — whether it’s Nike, Adidas, or Under Armour — Bagley and Ayton announced they would be signing with Puma as the company looks to build a basketball market.
For Bagley, the reason to sign with Puma was easy, and he credits LaVar Ball and the Big Baller Brand for helping him make that decision. He told Bleacher Report that he respected their vision of BBB and wanted the same from Puma who offered him the same path.
B/R: What kind of legacy do you want to create within basketball and sneaker culture by creating your own lane and signing with Puma?
Bagley: I think that’s big for me, personally. I love stuff like that—just being different, not being a follower and just being a leader any way I can. I remember when Lonzo and LaVar Ball first came out with Big Baller Brand and Lonzo’s shoe, then LaMelo’s shoe, everybody was bashing them for it and talking down on them for it. I kind of respected it, because it was different and it wasn’t what everybody was doing. They were trying to do something good for Lonzo and the rest of the family. I just think being different is a big thing for me, and that’s my motto. Be different. I had a vision, and I’m just trying to follow the vision and put as much as I can to it.
Since the announcements, hip hop legend Jay-Z has been tabbed to lead Puma’s basketball operation.