(WRIC) — During Wednesday’s Duke versus UNC men’s basketball game, Duke’s star player Zion Williamson made a move that tore his Nike shoe in half just moments into the game.
Nike is taking a lot of heat Thursday and locals are shocked at what they witnessed. “I would never expect that on the courts, that’s for sure,” David Hall, a VCU student, said.
The shoe split completely in half within the first 35 seconds of the game. “Yeah I’ve seen guys bust through shoes but not sprain their knee,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Nike should look more detail into their shoes because I feel like that’s a huge issue. Especially as an athlete, I run track, and I feel like my shoes, they have to be perfect,” another VCU student said.
After the split, Williamson hurt his knee and sat out for the rest of the game. Nike is launching an investigation into what happened.
“I wouldn’t really blame Nike for it if it never really has happened before,” Mackenzie Carlsson, another VCU student, said.
Trinity Episcopal’s boy’s basketball coach, Rick Hamlin, said he was shocked while watching the game. “I think more about ankles but clearly there’s more that can happen too,” he said.
Hamlin said he doesn’t tell his players which brands to wear.”We don’t have anyone Zion Williamson’s size. I would have to think part of it is, he’s 280 pounds, out there cutting and jumping,” Hamlin said.
Hamlin said he told players to get ankle protective shoes and not choose them for their look or brand.
“We all wanna look cool on the court but the most important thing is staying safe,” he said.
Coach K weighed in on losing his national player of the year candidate, saying there will be “gaps” on what he has to do. There’s no word as to when Williamson will return to the court.
Williamson has been listed as day-to-day.