It will be a new shoe for Zion Williamson.
The Duke freshman phenomenon returns for Thursday’s ACC tournament game against Syracuse after missing six games with a sprained knee.
The knee injury, of course, took place during the first minute of the Blue Devils’ loss to North Carolina, where Williamson’s Nike PG 2.5 sneaker blew up. The destroyed shoe caused his knee to bend awkwardly, and the resulting injury allowed Nike to control the damage. The company’s shares plunged in the aftermath, and even Paul George had to defend the quality of his sneaker.
When Williamson speaks on Thursday, all eyes will be on his feet. And it looks like Williamson has already made his choice.
Duke’s official basketball Twitter account tweeted a photo of Williamson donning a pair of Nike Kyrie 4 sneakers. Considering the account shouting Kyrie Irving, we’ll likely see Williamson wearing these shoes against Syracuse.
But Williamson always doesn’t choose the best shoe for his game.
If the standard for the right shoe choice is all that the sneaker does not explode after 30 seconds, the Kyrie 4 should be fine. That’s not to say Williamson made the right choice, however. The shoe was designed to fit Irving’s play. You know, a 6-foot-3, 193-pound point guard – not a 6-foot-7, 280-pound forward.
The Kyrie 4 gets solid marks across the board for its support and traction, but it’s not the best shoe Nike has to offer. It’s not even the latest edition of the Nike Kyrie sneaker. The Kyrie 5 was released this year, so Williamson won’t even be wearing the Kyrie shoe with the latest technology. In all likelihood, Williamson chooses a shoe he is familiar with. He’s worn the Kyrie 4 this season, and over the summer he told Bronny James his favorite shoe is the Kyrie.
Honestly, the shoe Williamson should have worn was the Nike LeBron 16. From a support and traction standpoint, you won’t find a better shoe for a player of Williamson’s size. Nike invests the most resources each year in the development of LeBron’s signature shoe, and the LeBron 16 is the brand’s best version to date.
This shoe does not fall apart. No chance.
On the plus side, Williamson will be able to get his own signature shoe inâ¦ wellâ¦ four weeks. His shoe-dilemma days are almost over.