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NBA bans its first pair of shoes due to 'unfair advantage'

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by RocketsPimp, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. RocketsPimp

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    By Kelly Dwyer

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ba...t-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.
     
  2. RV6

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    nba dish :confused:
     
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    They're gonna use the NBA ban to their advantage.

    The ban could be good for them.
     
  5. JuanValdez

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    It would have been nice if the article made some attempt to explain how this unfair advantage is achieved.
     
  6. da_juice

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    Air Jordan better reach out, according to 2k11, all of their shoes give significant playing advantages.
     
  7. Pole

    Pole Houston Rockets--Tilman Fertitta's latest mess.

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    You better run baby run, faster than my bullet
     
  8. CrazyDave

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    If they weren't $300.
     
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    not sure how it helps but didnt LA Gear have those "catapult" shoes that did the same and help make people jump higher supposedly?


    kind of sucks if its banned in the NBA, makes sense but i am sure ncaa will follow suit soon it will be just like in streetball and like city leagues only.
     
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    who is Athletic Propulsion Labs owned by?
     
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    i hope this doesn't start becoming a trend... athletes getting their shoes tested. :p
     
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    They look like they'd glow in the dark. Unfair advantage in coolness
     
  13. RoxSqaud

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    True.

    That's ridiculous.
     
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    Yes, because a small catapulting stick (that's what she said) of plastic can make a 100+ human jump "HIGHER." :rolleyes:

    FAIL, L.A. Gear and Karla Malone. :p
     
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    haha they milking the free press and NBA ban.. Anyone here going to fork out $300 bucks and verify the 3.5" gain claim?
     
  18. JuanValdez

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    My vote is the NBA is banning it as a favor to the company.
     
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    There's some people that buy $500 dollar J's...
     
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    Seems like Stern and the league are in this as a publicity stunt. I wonder how much of a kickback Stern gets.

    And I'd sooner buy some Starburies than this hype.
     

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