– Inside of this Nike bag
are a pair of shoes from 2009 that are super rare and so unique, the NBA has banned them from
players being able to use them. They are supposed to give you
such a competitive advantage that the NBA said, “absolutely not.” Lincoln is going to try ’em out. He’s coming to basketball practice today. So, these are the shoes by
Athletic Propulsion Labs. They are from 2009. These are the Concept
1’s, size 10 for Lincoln. They are green on green. Open ’em up, let’s see these bad boys. We’ve got this nice bag. – Whoa, very green! Oh, very, very, very green! (laughs loudly) – The greenest shoes you’ve ever seen. Here’s the story behind these. The Boston Celtics wanted to wear these in the 2009 playoffs, and in order to get a shoe approved, you have to go to the NBA. The NBA took two weeks and
they came back and said, “No, this gives them a
competitive advantage.” When they tested these on average people, the basketball players on
average were able to increase their vertical by three inches. These are men that are not
in the greatest of shape. Three inches of increase
in their vertical. We’re gonna see what it’s like on Lincoln. Let us know in the comments if
you’ve heard of these things: shoes that are banned by the NBA. (electronic dance music) You better be dunking today. That’s all I’m gonna say. Okay, go get it. Go get it, little guy. (electronic dance music) (bouncing springs) Can’t really tell that
he’s jumping any higher. I dunno how good of a test
this is with his vertical. He’s only 12 years old, but I will say, out of all of the 50 kids
that are here right now, I can spot him quicker than any other kid. (electronic dance music) Thoughts on the shoes? – They just feel like
normal, uncomfortable, 20-dollar basketball shoes. – 20-dollar! Let me just say they were not $20. So, these are your shoes, and if you look on the
bottom of them, they say, “Load ‘N Launch”. So, this is the section right here where all of the technology is that makes you jump higher. It’s been like eight years since the Celtics wanted to use these, and I haven’t seen anybody else come out with shoes like this. They used the ban by
the NBA to drive sales and to make these a hot
commodity on the market. So, this is the shirt that
comes with it in the box. Puttin’ this on right now. – Bam!
– Banned by the NBA. We are banned, that’s
how cool these shoes are. – So, I’m doing a school
project on these shoes and when I was Googling
for some more information, today I saw all of the information
for the Kanye West shoes. I was like, “did that just happen?” – Kanye West has some Yeezy’s that he made for basketball season and they haven’t had it
reviewed by the NBA yet, but the word is that an
NBA official has said if they come up for review,
it’s going to be rejected, and the reason why is
because right along this area there’s a really shiny part,
that if light shines on it, it could get in people’s eyes and could be really distracting. (screaming) – Are you okay? – No looking, keep your eyes shut! – Because of that, they’re banning it. Where with this one, I
think what happened is the NBA only had a few
weeks to make a decision. The Celtics came to them
near the end of the season before the playoffs, and it
was just kind of too late. Athletic Propulsions Lab just was like, “Boom, banned by the NBA,
press, everything is great.” So… (retracts knife) Should we start here? – No. – Should we just cut out the circle?
– Just cut around the circle. – We’ll cut around it. Watch it like, explode with air. Launch ‘n Load, baby. Okay, that shoe’s gone. (upbeat swing music) Here we go, here we go. (blade snaps) – Seems like we’re so close! It wants to come out,
it’s kind of pushing. (blade snaps) – We might need to go in
from a different direction. – Like what? – From right here. (fabric scraping) – You know, you could’ve
just taken the shoe lace out like, nice and carefully. – What? Oh, my gosh. I can’t believe I didn’t do that. Here’s the inside of the shoe. Wrah, here’s the sole of it. – Pew! – So, here’s the top,
completely opened up. Here’s the actual sole and then it’s pink.
– Oh, it’s pink! – That’s cool. – This is the brightest
colored shoe you will ever see. – Green and pink. How can I get into here? Let me in, Let me in, APL, Apple. I definitely feel something underneath. Just need to be able to get this foam off. – Oh, I might be able to pull that out. (shoe smacks blades) Nice. – We are in. We are in the section where
the thing is: it’s a square. I could tell when I’m just
cutting around that circle. I could tell that it was
like, a square type thing, and that’s why I kinda
gave up on the bottom, cuz I’m like, “I think there’s more than just a circle.” What’s that? A square. So, there’s the soft plastic. This is like the foam
that goes throughout it. This is much harder plastic right here. This is where the Launch
‘n Load technology is. This is quite the process. If you look from this side, you can see it looks like
there are eight holes. – Oh. You made it through
the cable, I think. (tears off plastic) – Oh, look at the circle!
– Yes! It’s out of the shoe! What is it? What is the technology that makes you jump higher? It’s this, has this hard plastic. Okay, so… interesting. So, it sits in your shoe and then right here,
it’s really interesting, it’s like a hinge on a door. See that? – Whoa, it’s like a nail. – Now let’s see if I
can cut open the plastic just through the foam, just a little bit. (swing music into orchestral chord) Oh! Are you kidding me? – Springs, springs, springs. – There are real, actual springs in here. (laughs) Wow, whoa, wow! Look at that! We confirmed springs in your shoes. (applause) Oh, man. – Springs inside of these shoes that I wore playing basket ball. – That is pretty dang funny. They don’t go very far. It’s hard to believe that this would provide you with enough lift. Let me open up the rest of
it here and I’ll show you. Look at all those you have, the six, big springs, and then you have the two mini springs. The foam in there that’s like a… way softer foam, like a bouncier foam. This is the contraption that they put a lot of thought into this. Whether it works or not,
you gotta applaud them for trying to think
outside the box and say, “How can we improve the
performance of shoes?” Also, from a weight perspective, shoes are getting much lighter these days. – This one, when I was playing basketball, it felt pretty heavy.
– Yeah. – Felt a lot heavier
than like, these Curry’s. They’re super light.
– And it makes sense, because you’ve got this
plastic hinge in here, and you’ve got a bunch of metal inside of the sole of your shoe. So, would you wear shoes that
have springs inside of them and do you agree that NBA
should ban something like this? – I think that they should. – There are many reasons
why the NBA would ban shoes. Performance is one of them, or with the Kanye West
Yeezy’s for this year, it’s the aesthetics. It’s a distraction from the court, so… – I wanna go see those Yeezy’s. – I know, we’re gonna go
take a look at those Yeezy’s and see what they look like, and maybe if they actually make them and we can get our hands on some, let us know if you want us to cut ’em open and see
what’s inside of them. Send this video to somebody
that loves basketball and if you haven’t,
subscribe to our channel for more awesome What’s Inside content. See ya. – Bye! (electronic dance music) I’ve got the magic. Rise! (shoe falls) (smacks paper) – Way to go. Good job, Lincoln. – Do it!

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100 thoughts on “What’s inside BANNED NBA Shoes?”

  1. At least have your kid wear safety glasses when your cutting up the shoes. That blade could've snapped and you'd end up with a partially blind kid.

  2. Ladies and Gentlemen this is a demonstration of how to destroy a rare basketball shoe worth two thousand dollars

  3. Lincoln: its very very very very green

    Dan questioning how old Lincoln really is: chuckles yeah there the greenest shoes you've ever seen

  4. Now the NBA will look at all of the basketball shoes that players wear and find something like that, BANNED

  5. you notice that when his sonplayed, he was running around like they did not fit, cmon now he doesnt wear 10's maybe 8.5 to 9, who you trying to fool u can tell by how he was playing in them they did not fit

  6. this guy is straight up dumb, can he not tell that his son is not running around like a normal person would on a court, those shoes do not fit him, you have to literally not be smart if you thought he really wears size 10 after watching him run on the court

  7. Boy son just watching his dad do it all. He tried to help but his dad just raced him to rip it off first. Poor boy. Just wants to be included.

  8. It's hard to tell if his Vertical is increasing he's only 12. But the real reason is that he is in Unathletic

  9. gets 2000 dollar shoe lets open it even tho im subbed to this channel i feel dead in the inside while watching this video

  10. While this video was playing I went to Google and found a video of the founders of the APL shoe who explained why these shoes were banned, what's inside and didn't teach my son how to waste money destroying a rare pair of shoes. Who would've thought?

  11. Lincoln is the luckiest kid in the world I love these shoes and I’m a girl my basketball team falls head over heels for these shoes

  12. No shoe can make you jump higher. It would have to have an explosive in it, which would permanently destroy the player's leg.

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