Kanye West’s first Adidas Yeezy basketball shoe would be banned, sources say

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Kanye West is expected to debut his first-ever Yeezy basketball sneaker on the feet of Adidas athletes during the upcoming NBA season.

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Kanye West is expected to debut his first-ever Yeezy basketball sneaker on the feet of Adidas athletes during the upcoming NBA season. But the league office would ban the current version of the sneaker on court because of its gleaming, reflective-material heel, according to industry sources.

While the monochromatic sneakers won’t violate the league’s footwear color restrictions, the issue is the reflective “3M” heel panel, which the NBA would find potentially distracting for both in-arena spectators and television viewers.

Carmelo Anthony faced a similar issue with the metallic chrome heel of his Jordan M10 signature sneakers while playing for the New York Knicks. He later wore an updated version with a matte paint finish.

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A reflective strip on the heel of Kanye West’s Yeezy collaboration with Adidas may cause the NBA to ban the shoe, according to an ESPN report.

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Kanye West’s latest fashion foray, into basketball shoes made by Adidas for NBA players, may have hit an early snag.

The current version of Yeezy basketball shoes for NBA players – set to debut this season – would be banned by the league in games “because of its gleaming, reflective material heel, according to industry sources,” ESPN reported Monday.

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