“They’ve been trained hard enough? No, no, no. Because you condition your body for running and jumping,” LaVar said. “You’ve got to condition your legs. So that’s why I always have my boys in them hills and running hard in them hills. That will make you run like a deer when you get on that court, so you won’t be getting hurt. A lot of things have to do with them raggedy shoes that Melo will be wearing. Them shoes are not made the right way for him. That’s why he keeps tweaking his ankle every single time.”

LaMelo signed an endorsement deal with Puma in October 2020 and at the time of writing, he has released three signature sneakers with the German sportswear company, with a fourth model on the way. Prior to joining Puma, LaMelo, and his brother Lonzo, had signature sneakers with the Ball family brand, Big Baller Brand. Lonzo has most recently worn Nike.

Despite the ongoing on-court absences of Lonzo and LaMelo, LaVar does provide some much-needed hope, saying that both brothers will be back next season.

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