Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 at 6:18 pm  |  22 responses

Ron Artest: Now Officially BALL’N

Ron Ron jumps sneaker ship, again.

by Chris O’Leary/@olearychris

As CounterKicks noted yesterday morning, Ron Artest is rocking some new shoes this season.

The latest stop in Ron Ron’s sneaker endorsement tour is BALL’N, who are no strangers to SLAM. I briefly spoke with Artest about his new shoes last night after the Lakers beat the Rockets.

“I just went with a different company,” he said of his departure from Chinese brand PEAK. As CK’s story details, the company hasn’t taken it personally. Ron loves changing up what he’s got on his feet.

“I started out with Nike, Converse, a little bit of adidas, some And 1,” he paused and it was here that I realized just how many shoes he’s worn. He couldn’t even remember them all.

“K1x,” I say, remembering his Sacramento days. That jogs his memory.

“K1x, Peak, Protege for a little bit. I like to keep it moving.”

He said he liked what the shoe offered him on the court.

“It’s a geat shoe. They’ve got a high top and a low top, it’ll be out soon. It’s great for me, I like a light shoe.”

I’m wondering now if Ron has worn more sneaks than any other NBA player. I know Chris Webber and I think Latrell Sprewell pushed it in their respective days, but Ron has hit eight companies at the start of his 11th season in the League.

I snapped this pic of Ron’s shoes while he was prepping with CNN for his Larry King appearance tonight. What do you guys think of the shoes?

Ron Artest BALL'N

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  • http://SLAMonline.com GotHandles?

    not bad

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso


  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    I like the commenter consistency thus far.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol gotta love his originality….everybody was cramping his Peak swag so he had to jump ships from worse to worser lol these are hideous….but you gotta love his originality

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ….I guess some people just truly don’t care about what shoes they put on their feet…I mean, I’m not even the hugest sneakerhead there is but by goodness you can believe if I was being paid that kinda money my sneaks would be right lol

  • http://CounterKicks.com John Brilliant

    “I started out with Nike, Converse, a little bit of adidas, some And 1,” he paused and it was here that I realized just how many shoes he’s worn. He couldn’t even remember them all.

    Ha…I guess it’s gonna be tough for KG to catch up to Ron’s pace, in retrospect.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    @John Brilliant I forgot about KG. Nike, and 1, adidas, anta, … he’s got to do a lot of jostling in a short amount of time to catch Ron. He’s gotten around though. And so has Shaq.

  • j Hinds

    Shoe looks nice for a new brand. Gotta love Ron Ron showin love to company from the hood now…. Queensbridge standup…..

  • Jackson30

    Keep doing yo thang Ron Artest & BALL’N shoe look nice. I will represent when they come out. I need something new on my feet anyway.

  • Kisa Fitzgerald

    I love the BALL’N shoe!!!! It’s a good look. Represent Ron!!!!

  • fabo

    not bad. ron is wild tho.

  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    these shoes look clean but almost similar to looking like the Kobe V

  • Javon

    I love these shoes!!!!!!! Ball’N is great!!! Can’t wait for the new line!

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  • Waskito

    8 deals in 11 year, good for you Mr. Artes. Hope it’s affordable so we in the not that rich country can have it

  • Morgan

    Was it not Ron Artest who changed his kicks at half time at an All Star Game..we’re going back a couple years so my memory of it isn’t great but I just remember the sideline reporting bringing it up and thinking “he’s the Leagues next Rodman”

  • Rich

    I’m just waiting for Ron-Ron to single-handedly revive Avia.

  • Saku 39

    If it means he will shout “Ball’n” like Jim Jones every time he shoots a three then I approve.

  • avy

    ok enough about ron….lets talk about the shoes. the technolgy is cutting edge. do your research on d30 .

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Not feelin them.

  • Ja`

    lol they look like kobe knock offs