Nike Shoe Malfunction

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Nike Shoe Malfunction

Zion WIlliamson on the floor after shoe breaks

Zion WIlliamson on the floor after shoe breaks

Zion WIlliamson on the floor after shoe breaks

Zion WIlliamson on the floor after shoe breaks

Tyler Asal, Web Editor

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Duke freshman, Zion Williamson, left last night’s highly anticipated matchup against North Carolina after spraining his right knee within the first minute. His shoe ripped in half while running down the court. He limped off the court with his own power, but went into the locker room without any shoes. His timetable to return is unknown while he is recovering at the moment. Zion was wearing the Nike Pg 2.5, which is Paul George’s signature shoe, while he got injured. Also, Duke is four years into a 12 year contract with Nike. Nike took action saying, “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.” Zion is projected to be the number one pick in this summers NBA draft and depending on the severity of this injury this could affect where he ends up being taken. It will be interesting to see how he approaches a shoe deal after being drafted and whether or not this incident will take Nike out of the running. If this is the case Nike will be losing out on a player who scouts describe as “Generational.” Nikes shares dropped significantly after the injury. It definitely did not help that this game was between two of college basketball’s powerhouse programs so there was lots of coverage online and on TV.