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asandhu23
10-19-2010, 01:54 PM
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.



To the release!

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.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/NBA-bans-its-first-pair-of-shoes-due-to-unfair-?urn=nba-278191

td0tsfinest
10-19-2010, 02:05 PM
Well it makes sense. The NHL bans sticks that are way too curvy (it gives the play a better wrist shot), this quite similar, i guess.

daleja424
10-19-2010, 02:11 PM
or banning bats with cork in them...

same stuff...

although... the nfl equivalent could be sticky gloves... but they let those fly...

Hellcrooner
10-19-2010, 02:12 PM
mmmm unfair advantage,?

you mean that if they rtruly do soemthing wouldnt ALL the players buy that shoes? where woudl be then the comperirive disadvatage?

ah is see its competitive disadvatange for nike, adidas and reebook :p

I hate how money interests is ruining the ga,me. and sports in general.

sep11ie
10-19-2010, 02:18 PM
Lol at p.e.s.'s. Performance enhancing shoes.

Sly Guy
10-19-2010, 02:23 PM
the benefit is still debatable anyway. I remember reading about them a while back, ad in one of the articles, the author was unconvinced it did anything for him. [while the 3 other test subjects were split]

Madtown22
10-19-2010, 02:36 PM
How is this an unfair advantage if all players can use them?

NickyNick
10-19-2010, 02:54 PM
How is this an unfair advantage if all players can use them?

lke steroids?

DLeeicious
10-19-2010, 02:55 PM
Kind of like PF Flyers

Russollini
10-19-2010, 03:03 PM
How is this an unfair advantage if all players can use them?

They can't as some have endorsement deals.

Delrayhc
10-19-2010, 05:05 PM
They should of banned the L.A gear shoes of the early 90s , the ones withe the springs in the heel , they added about a foot and 5/16th inches of vertical leap to people like myself and sponsored NBA players like Karl Malone

Raps08-09 Champ
10-19-2010, 05:16 PM
Are they banned just for the games?

Cuz I'd use em in the dunk contest.

SteveNash
10-19-2010, 05:26 PM
Shameful publicity stint. Wonder what compensation that blogger got for this "news".

GunFactor187
10-19-2010, 05:30 PM
I KNOW!!!! Lets ban socks while we're at it!!! :pity::facepalm:

DODGERS&LAKERS
10-19-2010, 05:31 PM
I hope they dont ban my Reebok pumps. I jump so high with those

MrfadeawayJB
10-19-2010, 05:54 PM
Can they help a 6-0 white guy dunk? If so, i need to get a pair of those!

BirdIsTheWord
10-19-2010, 06:00 PM
Can they help a 6-0 white guy dunk? If so, i need to get a pair of those! This! (but i'm 6-2)

G-Bay New J
10-19-2010, 06:07 PM
^^^ I was about to ask the same question! But I'm 5' 8" :(

JWO35
10-19-2010, 06:17 PM
They don't look half bad....
http://the-gadgeteer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/athletic-propulsion-labs-concept-1-shoes.jpg

SA5195
10-19-2010, 07:15 PM
I need a pair!

tangent12
10-19-2010, 07:21 PM
LOL!! I might have to get these shoes! :laugh2:

DodgerB24
10-19-2010, 07:32 PM
Lol at p.e.s.'s. Performance enhancing shoes.

Haha.

_Supreme_
10-19-2010, 07:44 PM
Whether they work or not, they are good-looking shoes. I like the simple designs like these.

Not sure if they are worth the price though.

_Supreme_
10-19-2010, 07:50 PM
mmmm unfair advantage,?

you mean that if they rtruly do soemthing wouldnt ALL the players buy that shoes? where woudl be then the comperirive disadvatage?

ah is see its competitive disadvatange for nike, adidas and reebook :p

I hate how money interests is ruining the ga,me. and sports in general.

The problem is that a lot of players are signed with other shoemakers, and they can only wear their shoes.

But hey, I hear even 4' 9" Spanish guys from Zaragoza can dunk if they wear these :D

el_primo_nano
10-19-2010, 07:57 PM
lol. what do you say to that? it doesnt help a player with his skills, just that he could jump high.. big deal

ChiSox219
10-19-2010, 08:26 PM
lol. what do you say to that? it doesnt help a player with his skills, just that he could jump high.. big deal

Jumping high can be an integral part of a player's game. If Nate Robinson couldn't jump like he does, he'd be working a 9-5.

Hellcrooner
10-19-2010, 08:53 PM
The problem is that a lot of players are signed with other shoemakers, and they can only wear their shoes.

But hey, I hear even 4' 9" Spanish guys from Zaragoza can dunk if they wear these :D

Try 5,11 .

Anyway what stern is doing is protecting other brands that invest mone on the league against a new brand wich is imo sheer ********.

YOu can bet your *** tha tif NIke copys the design the nike ones wont be banned.

John Walls Era
10-19-2010, 10:20 PM
Yeah I agree with Crooner here.

talk.sick
10-19-2010, 10:41 PM
They don't look half bad....
http://the-gadgeteer.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/athletic-propulsion-labs-concept-1-shoes.jpg

looks like kryptoNATE's kicks... no wonder he jumps so high...

kswissdaf
10-19-2010, 10:43 PM
lol. what do you say to that? it doesnt help a player with his skills, just that he could jump high.. big deal

Well actually i went on a program to increase my vert, i gained 8 inches, but my overall explosiveness increased (Speed quickness for driving to the cup)
rebounding and my jump shot improved a lot

SA5195
10-19-2010, 11:00 PM
Here's the site to buy it. http://www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com/shop/concept1-blackgreen.html

tangent12
10-19-2010, 11:17 PM
They look pretty sick........

Bausman
10-19-2010, 11:24 PM
What if Bob Cousey came on the court rockin a pair of Nike Hyper Dunks back when everyone else was wearing those POS Converse. Wouldn't that have given him an unfair advantage?

Wilt woulda went to work in a pair of J's.

rabzouz 96
10-19-2010, 11:31 PM
lke steroids?

unlike those shoes steroids fit the doping profile of performance enhancing and potentially harmful. since the 2nd part falls away for the shoes i dont see a legitimate reason for banning anything, because supplements and working out give you also an advantage over other people and could be banned for that.

rabzouz 96
10-19-2010, 11:37 PM
they should ban these as well while theyre at it lol
http://www.skechers.com/shoes-and-clothing/styles/trends/skechers_must_haves/product/shape-ups_-_awareness/wspk

td0tsfinest
10-19-2010, 11:40 PM
They NBA should've banned this shoes when they came out: http://www.thesharkguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/adidas-crazy-kobe-2-1.jpg

Come on Kob

John Walls Era
10-20-2010, 12:40 AM
About how much does your vert increase by? 3-5 inches? If thats the case then I might buy them.