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Nike, Under Armour, Adidas not interested in deal with Lonzo Ball

An endorsement deal with Nike, Under Armour or Adidas is not in the cards for Lonzo Ball. Ball’s father, LaVar, confirmed that the three shoe and apparel companies informed him they were not interested in completing a deal with his son. Sources with the three companies told ESPN.com that they indeed were moving on. Never in the history of modern-day shoe endorsements have the big companies all stepped away from a potential top pick nearly two months before the NBA draft. But LaVar, who has been representing Lonzo in the deal, has offered something that has no precedent. In his meetings with all three companies, LaVar insisted that they license his upstart Big Baller Brand from him, according to the companies. He also showed the companies a shoe prototype that he hoped would be Lonzo’s first shoe. “We’ve said from the beginning, we aren’t looking for an endorsement deal,” LaVar told ESPN. “We’re looking for co-branding, a true partner. But they’re not ready…

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DeShone Kizer: ‘Brady-Newton’ talk was aspiration, not comparison

BEREA, Ohio — DeShone Kizer presented himself as thoughtful and quiet when he met the media as the second-round draft choice of the Cleveland Browns. It was a far cry from his pre-draft image, fueled by his own statement to USA Today: “Imagine taking [Tom] Brady’s intellect and Brady’s preparation and putting it on a guy with Cam Newton’s body.” Kizer said he shrugged off the perceptions that grew about him as the draft approached. “I think that at Notre Dame, there is a target on your back at all times, so there [are] perceptions coming from everywhere,” Kizer said Saturday. “When you go to a school where 50 percent of the world hates you and 50 percent of the world loves you, you learn to see right through it and focus in on yourself.” On Friday night, Kizer explained the Brady quote on a conference call. “I was talking about where I wanted to aspire to be,” he said. “A guy like Tom Brady, who is a guy who has won quite a few…

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