Former NBA All-Star Rick Barry claims new “ankle-protecting” shoes help


rick-barryPlayers know that ankle injuries are the most common ones in basketball.

The team behind Ektio shoes created new sneakers model called the “Breakaway”, which help players to prevent possible ankle sprains.

Ektio has been around since late 2010, when Dr. Barry Katz brought the clinically tested kicks to the basketball market after extensive testing to build a shoe that protects the ankle better than any other model available at retail.

Ektio has testimonials from players around the country saying they would have shredded their ankles if not for the lockdown fit of the shoes.

Breakaway is constructed to provide a player with maximum balance and stability in the foot—a key to shooting the rock better.

Crazy as it may seem, Ektio claims that a recent survey conducted by the company revealed that 42 percent of players felt that Ektio shoes improved their outside shooting efficiency compared to their prior sneakers.

At its core, though, Ektio is about protecting your precious ankles, without tape or braces in addition to your kicks.

Legendary NBA guard Rick Barry has lent his name for the product, and witnessed first-hand what the shoes are all about.

“Having suffered through a number of ankle sprains throughout my career, I said, Well, damn, if there’s a shoe out there that can minimize the chances of me getting an ankle sprain, why in the world would I not be interested in it? So I got a shoe, tried it, liked it, and then got involved. Because there’s no question in my mind that it’s the most technologically sound shoe that’s out there. There’s not another shoe in the marketplace that can actually help prevent ankle sprains,” Rick Barry said.

Barry noted that if he was a player today, this would be the shoe he’d be wearing. He added that the response from people who have worn the shoe has been overwhelmingly positive.

“People talk about how it’s helped them prevent sprains…There are a whole bunch of guys out there that are missing out on having a shoe that can help them prevent getting an ankle sprain,” he said.

“When you get a little bit older, you get to thinking a little more intelligently about choices that you make in life. Your career is your health—you’ve gotta stay healthy. So if you can wear any piece of equipment that’s going to help you to be able to maintain your health at a higher level, why in the world would you not try to utilize that?,” Barry noted.

“That’s the problem we have right now. It’s not about the money, it’s about wearing a shoe that will help you prevent an injury,” he added.

Rick Barry played both in ABA and NBA. He was selected as ABA All-Star 4 times, and 8 times as NBA All-Star.

One of the deadliest shooters in the history of basketball, Barry averaged 23.2 ppg, 5.1 apg, 6.5 rpg in 794 career NBA games, and 30.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 4.1 apg in 226 career ABA games.

He won the NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 1975.

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