Why Memphis Grizzlies players should be careful about wearing these iconic NBA shoes

Santi Aldama realized that he had broken one of the most notorious unwritten rules in the NBA.

“Oh (expletive), I forgot,” the Grizzlies forward explained.

Aldama was wearing a pair of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s signature sneakers in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Antetokounmpo’s sneakers have been worn OK for 80 of the 82 Grizzlies games each season, but twice a year, Aldama is expected to change shoes when the Bucks star is the opponent.

Aldama also shared another reminder from last season during the shootout when Dillon Brooks reminded him that he shouldn’t be wearing the sneakers for an upcoming opponent later that day.

“He’s gone mad,” said Aldama. “I was like, ‘Yeah bro, I wasn’t planning on wearing it, don’t worry about it.'” “”

Blame it on being a beginner. He didn’t let that happen during his second season.

January 19, 2022;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA;  Memphis Grizzlies forward Santi Aldama (7) takes a shot against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the second quarter at Fiserv Forum.  Mandatory credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Well, Aldama slipped again earlier this season. This time it was his girlfriend who reminded him of his mistake against Brooklyn when he was wearing the shoes of Nets star guard Kyrie Irving.

“It’s a disgrace to the entire league,” Brooks said.

Referee LeBron James, other NBA stars

Not wearing an opposing opponent’s sneakers is not a sign of disrespect. Most guys say it’s more mental than anything else. NBA players use the smallest of things to gain an advantage, and this unwritten rule goes back to the last generation of players.

When LeBron James played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, his teammates weren’t allowed to wear sneakers starring Golden State star Stephen Curry.

Notably, Hall of Famer Paul Pierce did not like his Boston or Washington teammates to wear James’ shoes. One of the main reasons was because of how James would react if he saw him.

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant wears the Nike Kobe 11 3D during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, October 24, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis.  The Grizzlies defeated the Nets 134-124.

“If you see a guy wearing my shoes, if he’s not like my real brother – because you know I’ve got some LeBron guys on and that’s what we do – but if you’re just a guy and you go to Foot Locker or somewhere and you just get a pair of LeBrons and you want to wear them on Tuesday night Against me?, James said in a 2015 interview with GQ.

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