Friday, March 5, 2010


Blaming them for a myriad of injuries, the Detroit Pistons trainer has banned the team from wearing the Nike Hyperize.

Arnie Kander has been the Detroit Pistons strength and conditioning for 18 seasons. And he says that he has never seen more ankle, knee, and groin injuries in a season than this year. Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, and Will Bynum have suffered through nagging injuries throughout the season. So, after some investigation, he decided to ban the Nike Hyperize from the players feet. Here's what he told the Detroit Free Enterprise...

I'm not going to name the brand of shoe it was, but it has been banned from our locker room and the guys aren't allowed to wear it. These shoes had taken most of the support out of the sides and it was a lighter shoe. Most basketball shoes weigh between 1.4 and 1.7 pounds.

These shoes were weighing 0.8 pounds, which was way too light as far as side support. Since we've banned the shoe, knock on wood, we haven't had any ankle sprains. Hopefully, the good Lord willing, we won't have any more and we can finish the season healthy and see what these guys can really do.

Kander obviously knows what he is doing, so this is a good move on his part. He once referred to modern basketball shoes as glorified moccasins and he is correct.

It seems that more and more basketball shoes are geared towards lighter weight rather than protection and stability. Some players have even resorted to playing in low shoes, meaning they do not go past the ankle. The type of shoes do depend on the player's style but playing in shoes with no ankle support would be awkward.

OVERTIME: It's nice to see that not all players have fell victim to the new trends in basketball shoes. Here is a picture of Clippers guard Bobby Brown playing recently in one of the best basketball shoes of all time, the Air Jordan XI.


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