The NBA has banned shoes made by Athletic Propolsion Labs. (A link to the ESPN article is here.) The article quotes the NBA as saying: "Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't "undue competive advantage" the whole point behind the performance athletic shoe industry?? Nike has created "technologies"such as Air, Shox, Foamposite and Zoom Air. Reebok has produced technologies such as The Pump, DMX, hexalite and even a CO2 cartridge custom fit mechanism. Adidas has The Adaprene system and the classic "Feet you Wear" campaign. The underlying appealof all these shoes and the ad compaigns used to hauk them was the competitive advantage the wearer of these shoes would have over their competition. However with all the research, development and rigorous testing on the feet of the worlds finest athletes testing, none of these shoes have ever been considered an "undue competitve advantage."
The fact that Athletic Propulsion Labs has managed to create a shoe that improves performance so much that it could potentially disrupt the fairplay dynamics of the entire league, means APL must have one hell of a shoe.
Of course a small faction of the ThinkTank Panel (Of One) sees a thinly veiled conspiracy. When it comes to basketball shoes, history shows the only marketing ploy more effective than the explicit endorsement of the world's greatest basketball player, is the explicit banning of the shoe by the NBA.
The ThinkTank Panel (of One) proposes to unmask a conspiracy.
The Co-Conspirators: The Portland Trailblazers and Lebron James.
When Lebron James Makes his “decision” in just about a half hour from now. He will reveal a sign and trade deal sending him to the Portland Trailblazers. This deal has been in the works for months.
Kevin Pritchard’s firing for no apparent reason is only a cover so that he could work in secret to make the final arrangements. KP is “In New Jersey, interviewing for the nets job is all part of the cover and he will be in there with Lebron tonight. The Rumored Chris Paul to Portland deal will also happen now. Monty Williams worked out the Paul Deal on condition of getting his release from the Blazers butthey had to leak the deal was killed so as not to arouse suspicion, but the ThinkTank Panel (of One) is just too smart for them. Tom Penn’s bizarre firing was so he could spy and collect chatter from ESPN and other reporters at the draft. Why else would the Blazers have been pretending to interview all these bad GM candidates? It was a smoke screen so that no one in this new wild and wacky twitter and TMZ world we live in, would know the biggest deal in NBA history was going down before it happens.
I mean really, do you think Lebron would have his own show just to stay in Cleveland? Hell no. If he was going to Miami with Bosh and Wade, then they all three would have announced it on the decision show. If he was going to New York or New Jersey or Chicago he would have done it right after a presentation with them so it looks like he was sold by the team and improves the public perception of the team’s management, that they were able to win Lebron over.
So yep, Chris Paul is coming to Portland. Lebron is coming to Portland!! The ThinkTank Panel (of One) has only one question remaining. Who do the Blazers trade to Cleveland for Lebron? We know the Paul Deal, Pryzbilla and Andre’s contracts plus Batum, Bayless, and The Newly Drafted Williams From Memphis. Given what’s left of the roster surely one of the Big Three (Roy, Aldridge, Oden) are headed back to Cleveland in exchange for the current 2 time league MVP. The question is which one? The ThinkTank Panel (of One) doesn’t like to guess, but would speculate that the Cavs would demand Roy and picks for James straight up (that explains the bizarre trade of Webster, Cleveland must of coveted Babbitt, and Portland did what it had to do to get James). But KP is a sneaky bastard and he convinced Cleveland to take Aldridge, Babbitt, Rudy Fernandez, picks, and the newly acquired Emeka Okafor for James and the bad Contract of Antawn Jamison.
Portland now has a starting 5 made up entirely of all stars in Paul, Roy, James, Jamison and Camby. Free agents will sign for less to play with these guys. Greg Oden as a sixth man (if he will accept the role) could be amazing.
To be honest, with the 4 players in the trade and Mo Williams as a starting 5, Cleveland is a playoff team in the east. That is a lot of shooters and a rebounder = Orlando .5
So there you have it. Conspiracy uncovered. Future prognosticated. Dreams shattered.
Does anyone buy this??????????????????????