The Celtics had a tradition last season of having only one person wear a specially colored sneakers. It is usually Paul Pierce or Rajon Rondo, and last season they wore a bright green sneaker.
The idea seemed limited. Perhaps it was in a rotation or because one player was meant to be seen easily racing up the parquet. In any respect, the one wearing the bright green sneakers was not always the high scorer.
This season again only Rondo or Pierce was shod in the shamrock suede shoes. That is, until the trees went to Brooklyn.
Neon colored sneakers do make the peripheral vision jump-and if you know who's in Cinderella's slippers, you may better make a pass. Taste in footwear in the NBA seems to be in eye of the beholder.
Though we seldom make a serious point in our comments, we wonder if there is a uniformity issue. Does the NBA not check on whether sneakers are the new steroid?
Perhaps the players went overboard when they needed custom-made shoes to accommodate their corns and bunions.
When the only choice of footwear was high-tops or low-tops, democracy went out the window and laces needed their own shoebox.
In the latest preseason game, Rondo did indeed have his keynote green sneaks, but Jeff Green went against his own team and name. He wore the fulvous yellow sneaks, which glowed in the dark and made his feet look happy even when he sat on the bench.
Green himself called the color "volt green" on his twitter account and felt that he had created a sensation with his new "kicks." Mr. Blackwell, the fashion maven, would have said the shoes clashed with the mouthguard.
Since Rondo has interned at GQ, Green might have done well to consult with the only NBA player to own a Star Trek shirt.