Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball had his anticipated NBA Summer League debut on Friday night when they faced the Clippers. His pro debut of any kind left much to be desired, as he scored five points from a 2 of 15 shooting performance from the floor in a 96-93 loss.
Before and during the game, however, Mystics star Elena Delle Donne weighed in on Ball and his signature “Big Baller Brand” shoes, which malfunctioned during the game:
How great would it be if @ZO2_ blew out his shoe in his first summer league game? should have gone with @Nike— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) July 8, 2017
Did I just see a shoe malfunction?! I think sooooo!— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) July 8, 2017
Along the way, some folks sent their usual anti-WNBA hate. So, here’s EDD’s response where she uses Lonzo’s dad’s “Stay in Your Lane” slogan:
I know I know everyone. Stay in my lane, I'm a woman. #sorrynotsorry— Elena Delle Donne (@De11eDonne) July 8, 2017
Some Mystics teammates also came to her defense:
Y'all better hop off my girl @De11eDonne! Y'all hurt because she called out those bum BBB shoes? #tellemEDD #theyfakekobesanyway #byepeople— Natasha Cloud (@T_Cloud4) July 8, 2017
I'm over here dying @De11eDonne tweets that girl crazy— Ivory Latta (@IvoryLatta12) July 8, 2017
At the end of the day, Delle Donne was calling out Lonzo Ball’s shoes, which were not made by a big brand. She wasn’t calling him out as a person.
As a note of disclosure, Delle Donne wears Nike shoes. And unlike Ball’s shoes, which cost $495, Delle Donne released a brand of shoes targeting those with special needs, who have difficulty putting these things on to begin with. Her sister Lizzie, is blind and deaf, and would be a beneficiary of these. So maybe EDD has a bit more skin in the game when it comes to the shoe business.
It remains to be seen if Lonzo — or his dad LaVar — respond to this in a vehement manner. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
Delle Donne’s a WNBA MVP. And Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson also owns the Los Angeles Sparks. Sure, Johnson wouldn’t mind some trash talk between players themselves. But Johnson, Ball and the Lakers have more pressing matters to address than a WNBA superstar trolling them for an evening.
UPDATE: LaVar Ball responded to Delle Donne. According to an AP report, he said “Let her go with Nike and see where she gets. We will see her when time goes by."