The Spurs count of active roster players with on-court shoe blowouts is now at two, thanks to Manu Ginobili’s left foot exiting through the side of his left sneaker during last night’s home game against the Pistons.
With 57 seconds remaining in the second quarter and the Spurs trying to protect a slim two-point lead, Ginobili dropped back into the lane to keep himself between Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey and the hoop. He managed to accomplish that objective before planting his left foot where his left shoe — a custom Nike Zoom DT — didn’t want to go. The torque of Ginobili’s foot caused a canyon of space to open up on the lateral side of the shoe where the upper meets the midsole, an ideal escape portal for feet otherwise securely laced.
Ginobili played out the possession — 21 seconds in all — in his sock-and-shoe combo before a break and trip to the bench allowed him time to switch to a replacement pair. From there, the Spurs super sixth man completed his stat line of 16 points, one rebound, nine assists, three steals, and one block for a 120-110 victory over Detroit.
Spurs reserve forward Matt Bonner set the sneaker blowout precedent in December 2010 when the right sole on his pair of New Balance basketball sneakers peeled back during a home game against the Grizzlies.
In other NBA Kicks news, Chris Paul donned the specially-designed NIKEiD Jordan CP3.VIIs by Massai Walker last night against the Rockets, putting up 14 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists and 2 steals to help the Clippers to a 101-93 win. CP3 delivered a pair of the purple, aqua and red kicks to Walker, who wore them as he watched Paul and Clippers from the bleachers.
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