Manu Ginobili Blows Out Shoe During Game

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Is this just a San Antonio Spurs thing?

In last night’s game between the Detroit Pistons and the San Antonio Spurs, guard Manu Ginobili flat out ripped through his shoe during a defensive play in the first half of the game. While guarding Rodney Stuckey at the top of the key, Ginobili planted before his foot instantly burst out of the shoe.

According to San Antonio Spurs Equipment Manager Travis Wade, Ginobili has been wearing this shoe – the Nike Air Max Closer IV - since 2009. Now, Ginobili, a player who is most comfortable wearing the exact same pair of shoes night in and night out, will be forced to switch to a more current performance shoe. “I’ll be switching to the LeBron 11 now,” said Ginobili, while examining his blown out sneaker at his locker. “I have a few NIKEiDs on the way.”

Ginobili, who spent most of last season’s games in the Nike LeBron X, says he’s a big fan of LeBron’s shoes because they are durable, sturdy and “hold up great on the court.”

“Manu is so hard on a pair of shoes,” said Wade. “Hopefully the LeBron 11s hold up for him and last as long he plans on playing.”

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70 comments
James Jamison
James Jamison

Look how old they look that's why them things blew out

J.r. Lane
J.r. Lane

He was wearing some knock off Jordan's.....lls told you, that you can't ball in fake j`s

RaymondTheDean
RaymondTheDean

some of these comments are idiotics...  he was wearing those for 5 years..  that's pretty good considering how hard he plays in them.

Brandon Day
Brandon Day

I've seen him wear the LeBron soldiers all last year. But now to the 11s. Boyeee

Jeffrey Berry
Jeffrey Berry

That's what happens when you hoop in fake shoes

Matt Smith
Matt Smith

Riiiight....so they can make $130 Air Max's go up to $200?

Matt Smith
Matt Smith

What Bobby said....but I'll add this. You guys are yelling at Nike to make better quality shoes clearly have not thought about how much the price would jump. $150 Air Max's would go up to $200 and then some.

Kimba E. Coleman
Kimba E. Coleman

Those Nike shoes lasted 5 years, you can't say thats bad quality! Nike products are good, stick to Anta or Ni Ling cry babies.

Augie Zulaica
Augie Zulaica

Adidas?Id rather bust my shoe open, than my leg open!

Bobby Dixon
Bobby Dixon

Using one pair since 2009, under NBA conditions, and they lasted this long. I don't know what more you're supposed to expect.

Brandon Sorensen
Brandon Sorensen

that just shows you how cheap nike and jordans are made now a days but the price keeps going up

Eric Guzman
Eric Guzman

He's been wearing those since before that bald spot on his head

Tristan Snaps Trinidad
Tristan Snaps Trinidad

Almost of all our stuff are made in china because Most of the US company take their production line in china or some 3rd world countries to avoid high price labours & strict enviromental laws. Thats why there's a lots of unemployed in the US & Western countries.

Marlow TheAuthor Franklin
Marlow TheAuthor Franklin

He's wearing a $85-$90 pair of shoes that aren't made for how hard he plays. Step it up Manu!

Eddie Redice
Eddie Redice

poorly constructed shoes that athletes and celebs get for free but we pay for and this is a prime example of the quality

Laurens Jansen
Laurens Jansen

Looks like nike is using the Same crap materials as Jordan brand :) ... Or wait, 5years of NBA rotation? Damn thats a good Shoe :)

Travis Elliott
Travis Elliott

Thats Nike? Psssh no way. He's been wearing that pair for 5 years?!

SunnyJoelAtao
SunnyJoelAtao

bought this from footlocker ....MADE IN CHINA !!!!!


chrislittmann
chrislittmann

@geokthree Man, something about the Spurs. (Ahem, Matt Bonner.) Good stuff. Were you there last night?

geokthree
geokthree

@chrislittmann Exactly. Thanks. I was there and witnessed it first hand. Matt Bonner instantly started laughing on the bench.