Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant stands behind controversial Nike shoe

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: March 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm •  Published: March 2, 2010

Kevin Durant voiced his support for the "Hyperize” line of shoe created by Nike that has recently come under scrutiny with at least one NBA team.

The strength and conditioning coach in Detroit recently banned the Pistons from wearing the line because of a recent rash of sprained ankles, according to reports. Pistons Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Will Bynum all have missed games this season because of ankle injuries. But Durant, who is sponsored by Nike and filmed a commercial for the Hyperize line last season, said he’s never had an issue with the shoe.

"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, who struggled with ankle injuries his first two seasons only because he landed on someone’s foot. "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.”

The Hyperize shoe is marketed as a state-of-the-art lightweight basketball shoe and, at 0.8 pounds, can be as much as two times lighter than ordinary basketball shoes. Durant, though, plays in his signature shoe rather than the Hyperize sneakers. Kevin Ollie and Antonio Anderson are the only other Thunder players that wear the Hyperize line. Ollie said he prefers the older model, the Hyperdunks, after wearing the style the past two years.

Representatives for Switzerland’s national team attended Monday’s practice and spent the day visiting with Thabo Sefolosha in hopes the Thunder’s guard will join the Swiss team this summer.

Swiss national team coach Sebastian Roduit was joined by two other dignitaries Monday.

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