Weeks after saying he had to change his Big Baller Brand ZO2 sneakers during every quarter of summer league in 2017 because they kept breaking, Lonzo Ball has further distanced himself from his father LaVar's apparel brand.

"What makes it easier is I'm controlling everything now," Ball told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on "The Woj Pod." "You really can't tell me what to do. It's my life, my career. I'm making all the decisions now. I chose to go to (Creative Artists Agency). I think me becoming my own man is going to make it easier, honestly."

The freshly-minted New Orleans Pelicans point guard says that doesn't mean he's had a falling out with his father.

"I'm growing up. He has his ways, I have mine. We just got into it," Ball said of a tense exchange on the "Ball in the Family" Facebook show. "That's what fathers and sons do as time goes on. At the end of the day, it's always love at the end. I know he loves me, I love him."