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CounterKicks Exclusive: Back in May we broke the story on Kevin Garnett’s brand switch from adidas to ANTA at the tail end of last year’s NBA season and now we can officially confirm another endorsement change up to launch the new 2010-11 NBA season tonight: Ron Artest has left PEAK and has signed an endorsement deal with BALL’N. Full story and brand statements from both PEAK and BALL’N to CounterKicks follow below. Continue reading for the exclusive details behind Ron Artest’s new endorsement signing with BALL’N.
Ron Artest, endorser of Chinese sportswear brand PEAK, recently revealed on Twitter that his feet are suffering from plantar fasciitis. According to a Los Angeles Times story out today, Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson thinks it may have to do with the shoes: “I’ve called his shoes concrete boots for about the last month. Those shoes look like they are made for the Hudson River. But he stays with them and he gets his feet worked on. But he does not move really quickly. He looks like he’s clogging around out there.”
With the disclosure of Artest’s injury, Jackson says Artest may have to sit out games if the impairment continues to affect his play. Speaking out on the situation this morning on his official Twitter account @ThugRaider37, Artest responded: “Coach Phil Jackson made a statement that my shoes are the reason my feet were hurting. He has no evidence. I love my shoe company. Peak.” Continue reading to see game photos of some of the PEAK shoes Ron Artest has been wearing this NBA season.