LaMelo Ball

LaMelo Ball is the starting point guard for the Charlotte Hornets and the first PUMA signature basketball athlete since the brand’s resurgence on the hardwood in 2018. A native of Chino Hills, California, Ball is the youngest of the Ball Brothers; Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball. The sons of LaVar Ball quickly amassed nationwide stardom for their electric style of play that saw half-court three-point attempts and LaMelo’s own 92-point game broadcasted across social media. All three of the brothers held offers from UCLA, but the eldest Lonzo would be the only brother to step foot onto the Westwood campus.

After being pulled out of high school ahead of his junior season, LaMelo began his professional career with Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League. In an effort reinstate his NCAA eligibility, Ball returned to the states and finished his senior season at Spire Institute in Ohio.

In preparation for his journey to the NBA, LaMelo then signed a two-year contract with the Illawara Hawks of the National Basketball League in Australia. Averaging 17 points, 7.6 rebounds and nearly seven assists in his lone season Down Under catapulted him to the third overall selection in the 2020 Draft by the Charlotte Hornets.

A month before his selection, Ball signed an endorsement deal with PUMA that was reportedly in excess of around $100 million. Headlining the brand’s return to basketball, Ball debuted his first signature silhouette, the PUMA MB.01 to an overwhelming amount of fanfare the following October after the then 20-year-old was named the 2021 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Currently, PUMA and the recent All-Star are in the midst of releasing the PUMA MB.03, which you can learn about more below.

LaMelo Ball

The PUMA MB.01 Returns In Tribute To Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The PUMA MB.01 launched to much acclaim in late 2021, becoming one of the most successful first signature basketball shoes in recent memory. While LaMelo...

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LaMelo Ball The PUMA MB.02 Lo Pours A Bowl Of LaMelOs

Just a month after signing his endorsement deal with PUMA ahead of the NBA Draft, LaMelo Ball struck out on his own accord with the...

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The PUMA MB.02 Oreo Drops On August 11th

Just three silhouettes into his signature journey with PUMA, LaMelo Ball’s shoes have become wildly popular in rapid succession over his first few seasons in...

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LaMelo Ball Is Dropping His Own PUMA MB.03 Slide

LaMelo Ball’s third signature silhouette with PUMA has been revealed in a handful of colorways ahead of its release this fall. For the upcoming season,...

By Jared Ebanks Teams Up With His LaFrancé Label For The PUMA MB.03
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The PUMA MB.02 “Oreo” Drops On August 11th

Despite recently revealed imagery of his third signature shoe, LaMelo Ball’s PUMA MB.02 isn’t quite finished exploring the full breadth of its upcoming colorways, such...

By Jared Ebanks July 31, 2023
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The PUMA MB.03 “Chino Hills” Remembers LaMelo’s 92-Point High School Outing

Five years ago a 15-year-old LaMelo Ball cemented his superstar following and otherworldly scoring abilities by dropping an overwhelming 92 points for Chino Hills High...

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The PUMA MB.02 Lo Pours A Bowl Of LaMelO’s

LaMelo Ball has been a superstar in the making for years. Achieving both Rookie of the Year and All-Star status within his first three seasons...

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A Frosted Ivory Treatment Engulfs The PUMA MB.02 “Whispers”

Initially debuted in concert with the start of the 2022-23 NBA season, LaMelo Ball’s second signature silhouette with PUMA has enjoyed an expansive range of...

By Jared Ebanks May 20, 2023
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LaMelo Ball’s PUMA MB.02 “Gorangé” Releases On May 12th

LaMelo Ball‘s past with the Charlotte Hornets is uncertain, but the 21-year-old’s partnership with PUMA is a sure shot. Despite not making it to the...

By Jovani Hernandez Teams Up With His LaFrancé Label For The PUMA MB.03
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