Ok so a lot of talk has gone over the Kobe ankle injury. I have a different perspective on what happened between Kobe & Dantay Jones. A few years ago I remember watching a video on how Kobe’s new shoe would revolutionize the way players wore & thought of the basketball shoe. He unveiled that low-tops would now be basketball shoes. He talked about mobility & the mindset of the flexibility that a soccer player has when playing soccer. He talked about the evolution of basketball shoes being lighter & more fitted. And everyone bought in. We all did. All ball players bought it to lighter lower sneakers faster quicker lighter more comfortable. Why wouldn’t any basketball player want shoes that fit that description? Get rid of heavy shoes & have shoes that help increase your effectiveness. Other players followed. Sneakers got lighter, lower, and many better looking. I bought in. Hey I love Elite socks, & more comfy soles of sneakers. Love that sneakers were lighter. When I played college ball sneakers killed my feet, were heavy as hell, tore up my toes. Technology is great makes our lives easier. But is their too much tech is shoes today? Was Kobe’s injury fault of Jones or the shoe? Is Derrick Rose’s Addi-Zeron just as much to blame as Derrick Rose’s body? Shumpert’s Nike’s? I don’t blame Dontay Jones for closing out hard on one of the best players of all time & one of the greatest closers to ever play basketball on what could’ve been a game winning shot. I don’t believe the play was dirty! I blame Kobe… Well its partially Kobe’s fault for his belief in his sneakers. I love Kobe (have a pair of his kicks & I would never play a serious game of ball in them), but every year Kobe has ankle issues. Is it because Kobe’s ankle is wanted on a mantel in a bunch of NBA guy’s basements? Does Kobe’s leg kick have something to do with that? Does the way D-Rose pro hops in the lane have something to do with that? Or is it the flimsiness of Hyperdunks, AddiZero’s, Kobe’s, KD’s, Hyperfuses, that are on the players feet. Listen turning an ankle is a part of basketball.
Sometimes its inevitable! Its part of the game! I’m no scientist nor am I a doctor (nor did I stay in a motel 6 last night). But with players finding themselves with similar knee & ankle injuries, wearing the same type of shoes… Raises my suspicion that the technology in the kicks we wear, the cut of the sneakers, & evolution of basketball gear has to be having some kind of impact. As a high school coach I have to fight with my players about our team shoe order because I worry about ankle support. I turned my ankle in a pair of Hyperfuse this year in practice in a drill I wasn’t going full speed in & the laces were choked tight! I’m more scared of low-cut & mid-cut as much as I am of the guy guarding me hurting me now (or more importantly one of my players). Some would agree that shoes have nothing to do with it. In 2006 ABC news did a study on ankle injuries in basketball. “The air-soled shoes, like those in the Nike basketball line, do not contribute to ankle injuries,” says Dr. Jon Shriner of the Michigan Center for Athletic Medicine in Flint, Mich. But that research is from 2006. When having air all around in your sneakers was revolutionary. What about now? What about this new era of sneakers in 2013? Is it our athletes are bigger stronger more muscular & more prone to injury? Or are we ‘over’ geared up & fitted too well with sneakers with more technology than most people’s kitchens? Well sneaker experts even believe players sneakers have some kind of effect. When D-Rose was hurt Jason Petrie a Nike shoe designer tweeted “Derrick Rose should have signed with Nike, like LeBron did. LeBron, was only getting stronger, while Rose, thanks to his high-top adiZero Rose 2.5’s, was toast, with a torn ACL.” Jack Dikey who quoted Petrie in his article “Did Derrick Rose’s Shoes Cause His Knee Injury?” seemed to believe Rose’s shoe had nothing to do with his injury. But Dikey focused on the fact Rose’s shoe was a ‘hightop’ vs a mid or a low. I think it has more to do with the weight of the shoes not just the cut of the shoe. Light shoe + low cut to me as a ball player & more importantly a coach who needs 14 guys to suit up healthy through an entire season. Maybe my rant is because a key player to my favorite team Iman Shumpert still isn’t right after blowing his ACL, maybe I’m sad for D-Rose who still is out, maybe I don’t want to see one of the NBA great out due to ankle turns, maybe its because I was short of the playoffs & lost one of my key seniors to an ankle injury down the home stretch of the season? Every person who has ever played ball cringes when ESPN or CBS slows down the shot of the ankle injury. We all cringe, a true baller can’t even watch it. Scarier than an ugly girl on a blind date. Janet Jackson… Looking
more like Freddy Jackson. Yes that scary. I have turned my ankle badly 5 times. I remember each very distinctly. No one wants to see any player turn an ankle & no one wants the pain of a bad
ankle sprain. I believe the injuries are caused by the shoes. Kobe believes it too. He criticized Rose’s choice of shoe company last summer. I’m no scientist & science may say I’m wrong! But as a ball player I always look for a shoe that protects high up on the ankle food chain! In fact while doing research on this topic I’ve found both perspectives. In fact Cary Groner in an article in
Lower Extremity Review periodical states “high tops have no effect on ankle injuries.” But I’m going to hold on to my theory like laces should hold my shoe.
One of my favorite posters as a kid was Larry Bird driving against Magic Johnson. Larry had on Chuck T’s & his foot was almost completely off of the sole. When you think about it you wonder how those guys did it? I’m starting to have the same feeling with some of the players today as well.
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