They do this to prevent their shoes from getting slippery. It is the same reason they mop the floors near the hoops. It is important that the players have a good grip on the floor, and if their shoes are damp they do not have enough traction. It reduces the risk of injury and helps them to play better.
Why do people wipe the bottom of their basketball shoes?
Because the floor of the gym (or the sneaker itself) is dusty, and wiping the bottom of the sneaker (temporarily) removes the dust & dirt — allowing for much better traction during game action.
Why do NBA players take the soul out of their shoes?
The custom-made insoles in their shoes helps reduce the players’ chances of getting foot, leg, and possibly knee injuries. If they give them away to a fan, they’d have to wait to get them custom made again and in that time, they’d have another game soon and could suffer those same injuries that they tried to prevent.
What do NBA players wipe their feet on?
Slipp-Nott is a sports traction pad that was created in the early 2000s to be a more efficient way to wipe the dust and debris off the bottom of basketball shoes. Slipp-Nott and similar products have become pretty popular as players simply have to step on the pad and wipe the bottom of their shoes on it.
Do NBA players change shoes every game?
Each NBA player has their own shoe cycle
According to Basketball Noise, players will wear a pair of shoes for anywhere between four and 20 games. A kit manager for the Denver Nuggets said that each player goes through about 50 pairs during the regular season.