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Deberg_1990
10-19-2010, 01:35 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/NBA-bans-its-first-pair-of-shoes-due-to-unfair-?urn=nba-278191



Though no NBA player actually professed an interest in buying these special Athletic Propulsion Labs vertical-influencing basketball shoes, you have to wonder if there are a series of floor-bound big men, the league over, that just had their Tuesday ruined by David Stern.

This is a press release, and not an actual report from the frontlines, but it's an interesting turn nevertheless.

The NBA has actually banned some shoes (which can be yours for only $300!) due to an apparent "unfair competitive advantage," which will no doubt send the sales of these Athletic Propulsion Labs' duds through the roof. I hope Messrs. Stern and Adam Silver bought some stock in this company before they made it infamous.


For the first time in its 64-year history, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has banned a new line of shoes based on the league's rule against an "unfair competitive advantage" that increases a player's vertical leap. The league's ban on Athletic Propulsion Labs' Concept 1 confirms the company's claims that the shoe, with its Load ‘N LaunchTM Technology, performs as advertised. No professional player will be allowed to wear the product in games for the upcoming 2010-2011 NBA season.

This action comes on the 25th anniversary of the NBA's ban on Nike's Air Jordan shoes, albeit for reasons of their colorful appearance rather than any performance advantage.

Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) was notified by a senior NBA official who stated, "League rules regulate the footwear that players may wear during an NBA game. Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game ‘that creates an undue competitive advantage (e.g., to increase a player's vertical leap).' In light of that rule...players will not be permitted to wear the APL shoes during NBA games."


Shoe companies, for decades, have promoted a sort of "unfair competitive advantage" through their shoes, from PF Flyers to the most recent set of Derrick Rose(notes)-brand adidas that we'll showcase here at BDL later this afternoon. But this is the first time that the NBA has borderline endorsed one brand of shoe being better than another, even if they won't allow its players to run in it.

Saulbadguy
10-19-2010, 01:39 PM
They would never, ever ban a shoe from Nike.

Shogun
10-19-2010, 01:41 PM
Fuck the NBA, that shoe was gonna take Sherron Collins to at least 5'8

ILikeBigTiddys
10-19-2010, 02:17 PM
**** the NBA, that shoe was gonna take Sherron Collins to at least 5'8

Gay

BWillie
10-19-2010, 02:34 PM
They should just let the white guys use them

Sofa King
10-19-2010, 02:43 PM
well damnit... i already missed the slam dunk white guy comment...

Sweet Daddy Hate
10-19-2010, 04:33 PM
Worthless w/o pics.

DA_T_84
10-19-2010, 05:57 PM
What about guys with extra muscles?

Fish
10-19-2010, 06:04 PM
The patent-pending Load ‘N Launch™ technology is implanted in a cavity in the forefoot of the basketball shoe and is designed to provide an instant improvement in vertical leap.* The device works in conjunction with the high-performance materials of the outsole, midsole, insole and sock liner to create a performance experience unlike any other basketball shoe.

*Results may vary based upon height, weight, athletic ability technique and physical condition.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/8229/blackside600x6009279735.jpg

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/3066/blacksole600x6009395843.jpg

Fish
10-19-2010, 06:05 PM
I don't get it....

-King-
10-19-2010, 06:05 PM
Flubber.

googlegoogle
10-19-2010, 06:19 PM
are these shoes just for whites?

BWillie
10-19-2010, 06:34 PM
The patent-pending Load ‘N Launch™ technology is implanted in a cavity in the forefoot of the basketball shoe and is designed to provide an instant improvement in vertical leap.* The device works in conjunction with the high-performance materials of the outsole, midsole, insole and sock liner to create a performance experience unlike any other basketball shoe.

*Results may vary based upon height, weight, athletic ability technique and physical condition.

http://img153.imageshack.us/img153/8229/blackside600x6009279735.jpg

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/3066/blacksole600x6009395843.jpg

I'd like to give them a try. I'm only 5-11 but I've dunked a small ball and can dunk on a 9'9'' goal w/ a real goal. If only I had just a little more