CHRIS BOSH, power forward, Toronto Raptors
What can you tell us about your new shoe? It’s a signature shoe from the Nike Hyperdunk, along with the apparel: hoodies, T-shirts, sweatpants with my logo on it and everything – we’re just trying to get it going. It’s exclusive to Canada, so that’s pretty special. I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a kid.
How does your own shoe feel on the court? It’s very deceiving because it’s such a light shoe but it’s strong, very durable. As a big man, I need to have strong, durable shoes because I weigh a little bit more than the guards. Cutting and moving really takes a toll on shoes but these have turned out pretty great.
And how does it feel compared to what you used last season? Last year was the Air Max. These are lighter, more flexible and just feel better. You can tell that Nike improves every year and that’s definitely the case with this shoe.
How does Nike compare to Converse as far as playability goes? Nike has been around a little bit longer. They have a more technology-based shoe that’s also more comfortable and more durable. I have no complaints about it.
Did your game elevate with the switch to Nike from Converse? Well, yeah, it puts you in a position to be comfortable. You have to be comfortable to play. You can’t worry about your feet when you’re trying to win games. You just have to go out and play and wearing comfortable shoes just helps you out.
You were ranked 22nd out of the top 50 players in the NBA today by SLAM magazine – what do you have to say about that ranking? It gives me a lot of room for improvement. I’m happy to be considered for the top 50 of anything, but I feel I can get a lot better as the years go on. I think this year is the year I can really elevate my game and just prove night in, night out that we can win basketball games. If we get team success then individual success comes with it too.
Did you feel you became a man playing for Georgia Tech? Or did it take you until getting to the Toronto Raptors? Definitely Toronto. You play with men. You get beat up by men. You can’t call your mother to come and nurture you or anything like that – especially as a teenager people don’t have any mercy on you. That’s one thing I learned about the NBA early. Once you step on the court, it doesn’t matter who you are. You’re the opponent and they are trying to destroy you.