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Hill's agent: Shoes didn't cause ankle problems

Updated: December 19, 2001, 5:31 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Fleeting comments can have lingering implications, so when word came Tuesday that Grant Hill's latest ankle injury would sideline him for the remainder of the season, the buzz of Charles Barkley's comments two weeks ago was still in the air.

"When you're wearing cheap shoes, and you don't wear Nike, it's going to happen. They gave him all that money to wear those cheap Filas," Barkley, the NBA star-turned-basketball analyst, said during TNT broadcast Dec. 5 when Hill was sidelined then for ...

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