Nike has pimped and will continue to pimp athletes. Could care less what LeBron is on track to make or what MJ did in his 30 years with Nike but I know for a fact Nike has made way more off those SIG's than Mike or Lebron ever will. Lavar wants his kids and their brand to be as big as Nike and that exec obviously has a issue with him wanting to shake things up by not playing his "role". Imagine if all the top flight prospects came out with their own brand and at most was looking to sign a partnership rather than a deal. Nike, Adidas, etc would merely become distributors to every superstar athlete that has their own brand coming out of college and that's something they aren't gonna allow.
except who will make these trash starbury/payless elite shoes?
its not like buying bulk blank t shirts and imprinting 3 bs on them