A missing element in all of this chaos is the simple fact that George wants to win. Right now he wants to win with the Pacers. He wants to beat the Cavaliers. He wants to beat LeBron James. He wants to make it to the NBA Finals and he wants to win a championship.
He started his professional career slow, taking three years to really show what he was capable off. But he’s improved progressively every year, and has now reached the point that he can be talked about as one of the best players in the league. He’s made himself a superstar. He managed to make this transformation even after breaking his leg before the 2014-15 season.
“If I’m playing Devil’s advocate for LaVar Ball — what he’s doing makes sense,” a source within one of the Big Three’s basketball departments told me. “You get monetary value out of a contract, but if you’re wearing a sneaker as a rookie you’re not gonna get paid for the sales of that sneaker necessarily.”
This source is referring to a typical rookie endorsement deal with one of the major sneaker companies. While the player will receive a flat, contractual fee for wearing the brand, all sales brought in directly through to the player’s popularity goes to the shoe company, not the player itself.
For years and years, players still went down this route. But LaVar Ball isn’t here to settle for that.
“A lot of these guys gave in to the endorsement model. It’s kind of easy to say ‘think for yourself, get your own deals, f–ck the establishment.’ It’s another thing to try Cheap Baseball Jerseys China Cheap Baseball Jerseys Chinato do it,” Rovell said. “Right now LaVar Ball is at the point where I’m not really sure he’s bluffing.”