I've made this wrong move myself, in spite of the fact I knew better, of playing basketball in running shoes. I wound up with blisters on my toes and aching toenails.
I am going to make this clear as crystal, running shoes are not produced for basketball! You want to pick up the best basketball shoes possible.
Running shoes are crafted for movements in a straight line. They deliver the cushioning and support your feet demand for the constant impact they get from the ground while you are running. However, running shoes usually tend not to provide much support, if any, for lateral motion. And for those of you who play basketball regularly, you know that lateral movements is a big part of playing basketball. If you try to make a quick cut or lateral move in running shoes, you could end up twisting an ankle or spraining a knee and sidelining yourself for an extended period of time.
Running shoes also provide little support for the ankle. Most basketball shoes are mid or high tops and offer copious amounts of support for you ankles. Have you ever seen a high top running shoe? With out proper ankle support, you are much more likely to suffer an ankle injury that you could have you sidelined for quite some time.
Running shoes also provide special traction than basketball shoes. The traction featured on basketball shoes is crafted specifically for basketball courts. They provide a solid grip, but still allow for fluid movement.
Running shoes provide a special type of traction that doesn’t work as well on the basketball court. The traction can be a bit excessive and could cause your foot to “stick” which could lead to injuries. If you are trying to make a quick cut and your foot sticks to the ground, you could over extend a knee, or roll an ankle.
Although both basketball shoes and running shoes are accepted as, “Athletic Shoes” they are developed for very alternative purposes. Your safest bet is utilize running shoes for running, and basketball shoes for basketball. Otherwise you could end up seriously injured.
The risk is so high of injuring yourself if you don't wear the proper shoes. You wouldn't go snowboarding with a skateboard, and you wouldn't wear baseball cap instead of a motorcycle helmet. So the same rule applies here.
A trick I use is to always keep an extra pair of basketball shoes in my trunk, that way, no matter what shoes I am wearing; I can always change into the proper footwear.
So find the best basketball shoe for you!