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"I doubt these shoes are in any way better than a $100 pair of shoes. "


of course not but that's not really the point. it's not about them being extremely durable, comfortable, cutting edge, etc. call it a status symbol if you want. getting the newest iphone every time it comes out is a status symbol too.

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"So I also find it ridiculous that someone would pay this much for a pair of shoes"


that's fine, the shoes aren't for you. they aren't marketing to you. so voicing that opinion really means very little.

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"and think it says something about their character (generally speaking of course)... that they're a pompous narcissist"


that's ridiculous stereotype that is completely unfounded.

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 4:45 PM. Reason : fucked up the quote my b]

5/5/2017 4:44:58 PM

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"I think the cell phone comparison is terrible. The difference between a $50 shoe and a $500 shoe is fashion and brand recognition, not actual technology.

For the record, I've paid > $400 for shoes before. But they're baller ass handcrafted cowboy boots that are comfortable as hell. I wouldn't pay that much for sneakers that I can't even buy in the correct width for my feet."


as far as technology goes, you're right...a flip phone ain't doing what an iphone is doing. i didn't spell out what i meant...but i was getting at the point that this is all, to a degree, a status symbol. getting the newest phone when it comes out instead of, say, the previous iteration of iphone, is mostly a status symbol. yeah there's some features and shit...that are new and improved. but it's like 90%+ the same damn device.

and again, saying "i wouldn't pay that much for a pair that doesn't even fit" is fine....nobody's making you buy the shoe. but y'all need to understand the shoes aren't made and marketed to/for you. there's a demographic that does want expensive sneakers and will pay for them. and they aren't all rich and they aren't all idiots or whatever insult you wanna throw their way.

this just all strikes me as "i don't like or understand this, therefore it's bad and wrong" which generally annoys me.

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 4:52 PM. Reason : d]

5/5/2017 4:51:28 PM

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judging someone as a pompous narcissist over the shoes that they buy/wear is ridiculous

most people have things that they love and are willing to spend more money on

5/5/2017 5:13:47 PM

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status symbols are for insecure people trying to compensate, or for kids that are duped into thinking they need to spend lots of money to be cool or good at basketball (yes, this is a gross over-generalization, and an opinion) but it's their right to blow their money and make corporations richer. Is child labor involved?

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 5:28 PM. Reason : ]

5/5/2017 5:26:22 PM

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I'm going to assume that you shop only at thrift stores and never buy anything that makes you happy

because holy fuck

5/5/2017 5:39:52 PM

dmspack
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"status symbols are for insecure people trying to compensate"


but the problem with that kind of thinking is that almost EVERYTHING is a status symbol of some kind if you perceive it that way. high end suit, nice car, expensive shoes, bigger tv, whatever. it's just that we all tend to understand the desire to have a nice car, newest phone, bigger tv, etc. we (mostly white dudes in 30s-40s) don't understand the shoe thing. most of us here don't relate to it or have interest in it.

you're attaching too much of a negative connotation to "status symbol". it's just signalling. you're wearing something, in part, to convey a message about yourself to the outside world. the message doesn't have to be "i am rich" or something negative. or maybe you just like the shoes so you bought them.

[Edited on May 5, 2017 at 5:59 PM. Reason : f]

5/5/2017 5:58:26 PM

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5/7/2017 6:33:21 PM

LastInACC
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Who is this Lavar guy? Is he a sport Icon that I've never heard? From what I am getting he's pimping his kids more or less.

Reason. CNN be having "Breaking News" on him b/c on his son UCLA team or w/e.

[Edited on December 5, 2017 at 11:37 AM. Reason : balling]

12/5/2017 11:35:48 AM

Bullet
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This is him

12/5/2017 11:47:14 AM

LastInACC
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No that's 50 and Steve Harvey.

[Edited on December 5, 2017 at 12:13 PM. Reason : .]

12/5/2017 12:13:16 PM

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both balls sign agent, will find a team in europe where they can play together and both start. lavar says they will develop best for the nba by playing together and he will send people to meet with european squads to find the best fit. he doesnt care how much money they make.

i think liangelo was always part of a package deal and wonder if he is actually good.

12/7/2017 6:59:39 PM

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They should go play in China.

12/7/2017 8:33:26 PM

Flyin Ryan
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Looks like Dad coached them all in AAU. Wonder if this team in Lithuania will have a lot of Ball-inspired coaching influence.

If there was a team that went down the abyss to hire some pop celebrity for a coach to satisfy a couple players, it'd be the Lakers right?

12/13/2017 1:12:43 PM

thegoodlife3
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no, because they’re one of the two greatest franchises in NBA history, and you don’t get to that threshold by making celebrity hires

12/13/2017 1:21:43 PM

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http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/21978438/lithuanian-team-prienu-vytautas-schedule-big-baller-brand-challenge-games

1/6/2018 2:15:13 PM

Zel
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lol wtf is this real life?

1/6/2018 8:11:30 PM

justinh524
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This is why they signed with an almost broke pro team. They get to put their name on shit and generate publicity and the team gets to make enough money to pay its bills for a few months. The big baller challenge is basically games against Lithuanian high schoolers.

1/6/2018 8:24:22 PM

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Adidas is a soccer brand.

Think about this? What if we were the exclusive test school for a new brand? Think of all the attention and recruits looking to stand out we'd get.

Big Baller Brand is going to be blowing up soon, we need to be the first and only.

1/7/2018 11:05:10 AM

NCSUStinger
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bttt

hahaha

what a fucking douche bag

has anyone flushed money down the toilet for nothing in return ordered gear from big baller brand?

4/26/2018 8:58:08 PM

justinh524
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lolno

4/26/2018 9:09:09 PM

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ok Stinger i'll post the actual news

https://deadspin.com/ball-brothers-short-bizarre-lithuanian-experiment-come-1825565179

4/26/2018 11:26:01 PM

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