Either way, maybe Thabeet can somehow use this as motivation? I don't know, but this guy has a long way to go. A feature of the shoes might be "substantial development in professional basketball playing ability," then I'd see Li-Ning's logic.
The shoes don't look like anything really special. Nice Kicks has some more pictures if you're interested. They're pretty plain unless you're a big Grizzlies fan. There currently isn't a plan for a US release as of yet.
Thabeet can only work his ass off. His doubters are everywhere, but he's got some defensive skills that he could expand on. If he can add a little offense, he could be a solid player. But number two way too early Memphis.