One of the perks of the NBA is that players can usually get as many shoes as they like catered especially to their needs. For instance, Ray Allen can wear bigger ones if he needs to, and in a worst-case scenario a player can always get some shoes from his teammates.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley needed some of that help from his friends when trying to play through a sprained toe during Sunday night's 117-100 win against the Denver Nuggets. With his foot ballooning, Beasley needed a bigger shoe. Luckily, Kevin Love has the feet of an ogre. From Jerry Zgoda for the Star Tribune (via SLAM):
So who says nobody on the Timberwolves can fill Kevin Love's shoes? Michael Beasley did in a 117-100 victory over Denver on Sunday, when he borrowed a pair of Love's size-19 sneakers because his sprained big toe was too swollen to fit comfortably into his own.
"He's got a fat foot," Beasley said. "He's like a triple E or something."
The forward played 22 minutes, scoring 11 points on 5-for-15 shooting despite a bad toe that caused him to miss Friday's double-overtime loss at Oklahoma City.
"Despite" is an interesting word there considering Beasley only shot 5 for 15 from the field, but that's not too far off from his usual mark. On the bright side, we can now prove beyond any doubt that Love's shoes do not have magical "Like Mike" powers that would cause Beasley to battle for rebounds in the post or improve his shot selection. However, my spies tell me that Beasley has been calling Jonathan Lipnicki to see if he wants to be friends, so he's still trying to make something happen.
It's as yet unclear if Beasley will wear Love's shoes again during Tuesday night's game at Memphis. Whatever the case, when the swelling goes down, I bet Beasley will next try squeezing into some of Ricky Rubio's sneakers. I hear he wants to become a better passer.
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