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".
After Duke star Zion Williamson left the game Wednesday against North Carolina with an obvious knee injury, Caesars Palace increased the Blue Devils' chance to win the national title from +200 to +250.
Duke's Zion Williamson left the game with an obvious knee injury after breaking his left shoe, and NBA players responded on social media.
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.
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.