“Zion Williamson burst his shoes was more memorable than Kyrie Irving’s stint with Duke”: When Pelicans star’s shoes tore in Blue Devils-UNC game, resulting in unfortunate knee injury
During a clash against his rivals UNC, then-duke superstar Zion Williamson literally kicked his foot out of a Nike sneaker, resulting in an unfortunate knee injury.
Back in 2019, Zion Williamson was one of the league’s most high-profile prospects since LeBron James in 2003. And it’s safe to say that Zion lived up to, or some might even claim exceeded, all the surreal expectations set for him. Having only played 2 seasons so far, Williamson has already established himself as one of the best players in the league, who will surely be one of the future faces of the NBA.
Last season, despite all the New Orleans Pelicans chess, the 21-year-old has enjoyed a pretty sensational campaign individually. Averaging 27 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists on an exceptional 61.1 percent shot from the field, Zion has proven all of his enemies and naysayers wrong.
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In 2019, when Williamson was still playing under legendary Coach K for the Duke Blue Devils, Zion had plenty of jaw-dropping games every other game. Let it be his famous block against Virginia, this time he failed deflated the balloon with his fingers, or its many dunks. However, there was one room, in particular, that was pretty weird – When Zion’s feet literally burst out of his shoes.
It seems amazing at first. But here, look at it.
Zion Williamson burst his foot from a Nike PG 2.5 resulting in a knee injury
Back on the 20the In February 2019, the Blue Devils hosted their rivals UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now, any Duke-UNC rivalry is epic. This one was nothing short of a blockbuster. Some of the current league players made headlines – Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish, Tre Jones, Coby White, Cam Johnson, Nassir Little. However, just 33 seconds into the highly anticipated game start, Zion’s foot exploded out of his shoe, causing him to miss the rest of the game with an unfortunate knee injury.
The 44 of the United Statese President Barack Obama, who was among the thousands in attendance, was seen on camera saying “His shoe broke”.
The aftermath of an 18-year-old college athlete’s foot exploding from a shoe, you might be wondering? Well, the very next day, Nike brand stock was down about 1.37%, which was an incredible $ 3 billion (roughly) worth. That’s really a lot of damage from a pair of $ 110 sneakers.
As soon as Nike learned of the incident, they released a statement that read:
“We are obviously concerned and wish Zion a speedy recovery,” the Nike statement read. “The quality and performance of our products are of the utmost importance. Although this is an isolated event, we are working to identify the problem. “
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Many believed that after the horrific incident, Williamson would stay out for the remainder of the tournament and prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft. However, being the incredible team player that he is, Williamson made a comeback and even helped his team reach the NCAA March Madness Elite Eight.