Stanley Johnson did not play in Monday night’s win against the Milwaukee Bucks after also sitting out the second half of Saturday night’s win in Philadelphia due to a sore foot. Sitting out some in the preseason with a sore foot normally wouldn’t be alarming if it weren’t the 100th injury the Pistons have suffered this training camp, including Reggie Jackson’s 6-8 week injury. Luckily, Johnson’s MRI and CT scans came back with positive news for his nagging foot.
News isn’t as good for his shoes (via MLIVE):
But here's the kicker: Pistons doctors want Johnson to start wearing a different shoe on the court.
Johnson reportedly signed a shoe deal with Nike in August 2015 and has been sporting the Kobe Bryant-style kicks ever since, an ode to his favorite player while growing up in southern California.
But those shoes might be causing him a problem.
"We think it's coming from the shoes he's wearing," Van Gundy said of Johnson's foot issues. "He's fine. Nothing came up on the (CT) scan. He's just got irritation down there."
Johnson practiced in new shoes on Tuesday.
Docs and SVG won. Stanley Johnson practiced in new shoes today. pic.twitter.com/llERJQFV0G— Aaron McMann (@AaronMcMann) October 18, 2016
May I suggest some foot-strengthening shoes?
UPDATE: DBB writer Mophatt1 called this two weeks ago!
I'm convinced a large portion of NBA foot, knee, hip and back injuries are related to the shoes they're wearing.— Michael Snyder (@M_James_Snyder) October 1, 2016