Air Jordan LaMelo Ball’s PUMA MB.02 “Phoenix” Is Exclusive To China

LaMelo Ball’s PUMA MB.02 “Phoenix” Is Exclusive To China

With the MB.01, LaMelo Ball and PUMA had a hit on their hands. Ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season, the two parties presented the sequel to what is largely regarded as one of the greatest hallmark series entries in recent memory.

The PUMA MB.02 has just debuted in a “Phoenix” colorway specific to China. Although the German sportswear giant may distribute LaMelo’s second basketball shoe outside of the aforementioned Asian nation, the choice to release the brightly colored model shows PUMA intends to position the youngest Ball sibling as China’s next global hero.

The shoe is created with a predominately red color scheme, animating both the synthetic upper and foam midsole in an eye-catching pattern reminiscent of previous collaborations between LaMelo and PUMA. Feather-like accents adorn the upper-half of the shoe with a glittering golden finish, while purple reinforcement around the tongue connects back to the “Phoenix” motif effectively. Tongues eschews conventional branding in favor of a graphic representing a winged creature, most likely alluding to Chinese mythology.

Enjoy a close look at the pair below, courtesy of Instagram user @jesuscare, as you wait for further puma.com stateside releases of Ball’s newest signature shoe.

Check out the December release of the Air Jordan 11 “Cherry” for more shoe news.