Gotta Be the Shoes, and That Might Be the Problem

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home. Andrew is the host of Heard Tell podcast.

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  1. Sam Wilkinson says:

    As the guy who used to have a basketball website here, you probably won’t be shocked to discover that I remember one of the last prominent shoe blowouts, and that I have the video too.

    That one did not involve an injury, mercifully.Report

  2. Mike Dwyer says:

    Knowing more than I ever hoped to about the shoe company/college basketball scandal (good riddance Pitino)…the problem at least at Louisville was involving the head coach in contract negotiations with Adidas. I will also say that most of the guys from Adidas that were involved had come from Nike, so I fully expect things to go south with them eventually.Report

  3. Michael Cain says:

    Sticking to the equipment proper for a moment… There are a number of people asserting that the PG 2.5 sneakers Williamson was wearing are not designed for someone of his current weight, and that this particular pair was already showing noticeable signs of wear. At least one has gone so far as to say that the way the shoe broke indicates that it wasn’t any sort of manufacturing defect, it was a matter of wearing shoes that were worn out. Do the players get the last say on which shoes they’re going to wear? Or is their an experienced equipment person that has to approve a particular pair?Report

    • Sam Wilkinson in reply to Michael Cain says:

      @michael-cain Players, especially at the biggest programs like Duke, get lots of free apparel, and teams have equipment managers, so presumably, these shoes made it both through quality control at Nike, as well as Duke’s own in-house staff. It is unclear how these shoes would have made it to Zion if they were inappropriate for him, unless that explanation is some CYA stuff being offered up after the fact, especially as weight limits on shoes are…uhhh…not a thing?Report