Darius Bazley And DeJounte Murray For New Balance Basketball
UNITED STATES — NBA players Darius Bazley of the Oklahoma City Thunder and DeJounte Murray of the San Antonio Spurs were photographed for New Balance Basketball (both players are signed to the sneaker company). The basketball players both styled in pieces from their upcoming drop, which arrives July 9th.
20-year-old Bazley changed the face of the NBA and wrote his own story. He initially committed to and signed with Syracuse but later chose to bypass college with intentions of joining the NBA G League, a decision that drew national attention. However, he instead chose to train on his own for the entire season for the 2019 NBA draft. In the 2019 NBA draft, he was selected 23rd overall by the Utah Jazz and was later traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and then to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In April 2018, he hired sports agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports Group for representation.
On October 25, 2018, Bazley began a three-month internship with New Balance worth $1 million. After concluding his internship, Bazley became one of the first players to enter the 2019 NBA draft, later being named one of 77 overall prospects invited to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine.
When D.M. Fashion Book first announced that Murray inked an endorsement deal with New Balance (see it here), he explained on social media that he chose New Balance to be “different.”
“I always took pride in being different than others in whatever I did with life,” he wrote on Twitter in his signature all-caps type. “This is only the beginning and I’m excited to be a part of the family for years to come!”