First, Sole Collector has picture evidence Charlie Villanueva is still wearing a Nike Hypersize shoe:
The Pistons didn’t play at the Clippers until after Arnie Kander banned the shoe. So, something is up.
Now, Kevin Durant – who’s sponsored by Nike – defended the shoe in an interview with Chris Sesno of FanHouse.
"Ankle injuries can come from stepping on a guy’s foot or coming down on somebody. Rarely does it happen when you’re just running around on the court," said Durant. "And sometimes it doesn’t matter what shoe you have on, so I don’t think that’s the issue. It just happens when you’re playing."
Yes, some ankle injuries are unavoidable regardless of shoe. But the circumstantial evidence says this shoe makes them more likely.