BOCA RATON – Nothing is going to force Dion Waiters into high-top sneakers.
Not even an ankle injury that lingers six months later.
When Waiters revealed this week that the left ankle sprain he suffered in March and forced him to miss the final 13 games of last season remains bothersome, red flags were raised. Especially after revealing if he had surgery he would been force to miss eight to 10 months.
Now, it’s become a daily watch and Waiters and coach Erik Spoelstra are getting tired of the questions.
“I don’t want to talk about that,” Waiters said.
“He’s good to go,” Spoelstra said. “We have no other comments than that. He’s doing a lot of treatment. He’s practicing. And he’s feeling much better.”
But when the conversation turned to Waiters sneakers he was much more chatty.
Waiters is adamant he will continue wearing his low-top Kobe A.D. model by Nike.
“I’m not changing nothing,” Waiters said. “I’m not wearing high tops. I haven’t worn high tops in 10 years.”
Waiters, who will continue to tape his ankles, said he tried mid tops this summer but never felt comfortable.
“I tried to mix it up this summer I wasn’t myself,” he said. “I couldn’t move how I wanted to.
“I try to be quick and get to the basket. I didn’t feel right so I’m not wearing them. Just tape.”
Waiters has been wearing low tops since high school with the exception of trying high tops his rookie season. He said when he broke his ankle in high school he was wearing high tops.
“Once I got to low tops I felt comfortable,” he said. “I was way better.
“I’m a guy that keep it the same, man. That situation I had last year was unfortunate. It happened when the play was over so, you can’t predict anything.”
Waiters said that sometimes he will “cringe” when thinking about the injury.
“When you’re out there you don’t even think about it,” he said. “Sometimes it could get in the back of your mind. Sometimes you sit home you think about it, I cringe.
“I feel good. It’s going to be what it is. As long as I’m taking care of everything. I’m ready. I’m ready to go.”