“Leave Nike and join me at Puma, Kyrie Irving!”: LaMelo Ball makes his hilarious pitch to the Nets star after he makes frustrations with the shoe brand public

Tonoy Sengupta
|Published 29/07/2021

Hornets star LaMelo Ball offers Kyrie Irving the possibility of leaving Nike and joining him in taking up a shoe deal with Puma


LaMelo Ball and Kyrie Irving don’t have an awful lot in common as players. In fact, maybe the only thing that’s similar between their games is their tight handle, and an elite ability to influence opposing defenses with it.

That said though, like many young players, Ball likely has some serious respect for Irving as a player. And given the rookie’s performances throughout last season, we’d be surprised if Uncle Drew didn’t reciprocate that feeling.

Speaking of the Nets star though, recently, he had quite the rant about his relationship with Nike, and his lack of influence even when it comes to his own shoes. And apparently, at that moment, the Ball brother temporarily decided to switch his career lines from a hooper to possibly the most high-profile salesman on the planet.

Let’s get into it.

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“Puma let you get off!”: LaMelo Ball talks up Puma to Kyrie Irving after the Nets star shows his frustration with Nike

As many in the NBA community know by now, LaMelo Ball was signed up by Puma with a massive deal of a $100 million and access to a private jet. And in return, the Hornets star has been balling out on the court, and through it, bringing about a serious rise in their sales. And now, it seems he may pay back all that money and the faith (and of course, the jet), with yet another incredible feat.

For context, here is Kyrie Irving’s Instagram post that grabbed LaMelo Ball’s attention


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Kyrie Irving can be the worst version of frank sometimes. But honestly, with this one, we’re completely on his side. And given his lack of control, it may indeed be time to switch allegiances. And like a master salesman, it seems Melo just couldn’t let that opportunity pass by. Take a look at the tweet below.

LaMelo’s swag and way to go about things are indeed hilarious. But make no mistake, this could be huge.

Given Kyrie’s character and frustration with the shoe brand, he could indeed be on the market soon. And if he heeds his fellow point guard’s words, Puma’s rise to prominence could receive a serious boost very, very soon.

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Tonoy Sengupta

Tonoy Sengupta

Tonoy Sengupta is an Editor of NBA content at The SportsRush. Coming from an athletically inclined family, he has been surrounded by sports ever since he was 4 years old. But, while initially pouring all his time into Football (soccer), at 14, Tonoy discovered basketball through the countless highlights of Stephen Curry humiliating players from Curry Land. And just like that, a fiery passion for the game was ignited within Tonoy. And soon after, he decided to become a student of journalism, graduating in 2022, and choosing sports as his area of interest. Today, you can find him spending 99% of his time browsing through every type of content on every team in the NBA, before uncorking everything he has found to the world. In the 1% he isn't doing this, you can find him playing Basketball, Football, Volleyball, or practically any other sport he has had the opportunity to learn.

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