Wednesday, October 20, 2010

NBA bans shoes designed to increase vertical leap

Obviously these shoes work...

Athletic Propulsion Labs’ $300 Concept 1 shoe implements a spring-based system which increase vertical leap. The company is the brainchild of 23-year-old twin brother, Adam and Ryan Goldston, who are former walk-ons for USCs basketball team.

We were brought up in and around the athletic footwear industry. Our dad was a top executive at Reebok, L.A. Gear, and worked with Converse as well. Our dad helped work on the Reebok's Pump and Energy Return System (ERS). When he worked for L.A. Gear he was responsible for the lighted shoes. We were the first ones that tested the L.A. Gear Lights. It was because of us that the lights for the little kids moved from the back of the shoe to the side of the shoe because my dad brought us back some samples and we were walking around the house and we couldn’t see our lights. (I find it interesting that one twin has long hair and the other short...one has a beard and the other has no hair on his face)
The NBA however released a statement on Tuesday that bans the use of the shoes. “Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage,” the NBA said.

30% of the NBA's rookie class expressed interest in the shoes prior to the NBA testing and subsequent banning of the shoes.

I just ordered a pair for Aiden (he starts basketball in a year)...ha ha (click here to view APL's website)

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