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Duke loses Zion Williamson at a slight knee sprain when the shoe blows out

DURHAM, New York City – Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson was forced to beat rival North Carolina on Wednesday night with what Blue Devils coach Mike Kzryzewski called a "slight knee-jerk".

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Williamson gripped his right knee in pain as he clumsily slipped and fell as his left-hand Nike basketball shoe broke apart as he planted hard while dribbling near the free-throw line. The blue rubber sole came off the white shoe from heel to toe on the outside edge, leaving Williamson's foot all the way through the big gap.

He walked lightly, but on his own, before returning to the locker room without shoes.

After the game, a loss of 88-72 Blue Devils, Kzryzewski said Williamson's knee is stable and they would know more about a schedule on Thursday.

Former President Barack Obama, who was sitting at the baseline near Duke Bank, called Williamson as he left the court.

Zion Williamson, a challenger to Duke Freshman, seemed to be hurting his right knee as his left-hand Nike shoe fell apart. Streeter Lecka / Getty Images

Williamson wore the Nike PG 2.5, Thunder Star Paul George & # 39; s Autumn Signature Shoe in Exclusive Duke Colorway.

Duke has spent four years in a 12-year business with Nike as the exclusive supplier of uniforms, footwear and apparel. The private school did not announce the contract extension 2015. Nike had an exclusive contract with the university since 1992.

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News to Nike was not returned immediately.

Williamson, the ACC's second-best scorer with 22.4 points per game, has established himself as the most exciting player in college basketball with his lineup of dunks and his unique generation as an athlete.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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