Kanye West is expected to debut his first-ever Yeezy basketball sneaker during the upcoming NBA season ... but it may never see the court. https://t.co/FT02zCdFED— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 2, 2018
Now, before you get all in your feelings thinking there's some political motivation behind this decision, there isn't. There is logical, practical reasoning and precedent of this exact situation.
Notice that almost blindingly bright section of the back of the shoe? That's why the shoes are being banned.
The NBA is banning the shoes because it is considered a distraction and a hazard for both players on the court as well as fans in the arena and fans at home. That is a totally legitimate claim. Look at those things, you practically need sunglasses to even glance in their direction.
As mentioned, there is a precedent here, Carmelo Anthony had this issue with the M10 shoes while playing with the New York Knicks and those weren't nearly as bright or reflective as the Yeezys seem to be. Anthony later wore a modified version with a matte finish instead.
It is being reported that the NBA would approve a similarly modified version of the Yeezy's as well for on-court use if Kanye elected to go that route. For now, though, we won't be seeing those Yeezy shoes on the court.
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