Pistons Trainer Bans Nike Hyperize

According to Detroit Pistons trainer Arnie Kander, the reduction of weight on the Nike Hyperize comes at a price — injuries. Three of the Pistons guards, including Ben Gordon, Will Bynum and Richard Hamilton (who doesn’t really fit the bill as a Jordan Brand athlete), have spent time on the sidelines this season with ankle issues. Kander didn’t point out the brand, but once referenced them as glorified “moccasins.” A little harsh maybe, but this is also coming from the trainer of the same team that fines their players for not taping their ankles.

“I’m not going to name the brand of shoe it was, but it has been banned from our locker room and the guys aren’t allowed to wear it,” Kander said. “These shoes had taken most of the support out of the sides and it was a lighter shoe. Most basketball shoes weigh between 1.4 and 1.7 pounds.”

“These shoes were weighing 0.8 pounds, which was way too light as far as side support,” he continued. “Since we’ve banned the shoe, knock on wood, we haven’t had any ankle sprains. Hopefully, the good Lord willing, we won’t have any more and we can finish the season healthy and see what these guys can really do.”

Overly cautious?

Not really. Quite possibly a believer in ankle insurance though, as Ben Gordon and Will Bynum have both switched to wearing the Zoom Kobe IV, ironically a low top sneaker.

*Edit* Interestingly enough, Charlie Villanueva (see last pic) is still wearing the Hyperize, so maybe Kander is only concerned with his guards wearing the shoe.

Ball Don’t Lie
Interesting... maybe this is the reason Detroits been slackin.