When Williamson returned after a sprained right knee in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament on Thursday night, Williamson spoke of Nike's blast that resulted in a 22-day absence, which is why he missed nearly six full matches of the Duke formation.
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After Williamson shot 13 against 13 on the field, having dipped five times and finished with 29 points on his return, it was no wonder he gave rave reviews to the sneakers.
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Krzyzewski said Nike had sent "his best collaborators" to Durham the next day to understand what was wrong with the shoe. This crew of Nike then went to China to explore the possibility of making a shoe more "solidarity".
"They came back in the week with different alternatives to make sure everything was done right," Krzyzewski said. "So we appreciated their immediate and excellent response, and that's something we expect more and more from our relationship with them."
Williamson expressed his appreciation for the shoe, white with blue swooshes and sporting the Duke logo on the back. Zion felt the shoe change, but could not explain it.
"I could not really tell you if I wanted to," he said. "I just know that they're a little stronger than the ordinary Kyrie 4, so I want to thank Nike for making them, they felt very comfortable."
It would be more likely that Krzyzewski would be dressed in a Carolina blue suit during an AAU event than to say something negative about Nike. The company has been a constant in his career at both Duke and USA Basketball, and has donated tens of millions of dollars. The long explanation of Nike's response was therefore interesting logistically, but not particularly surprising.
"We have a very close relationship with them," he said. "We think it's the best shoe otherwise we would not be with them."
Krzyzewski pointed out that Williamson would change his sneakers more often. He said that Zion was wearing too many games, which led to wear.
"I think that contributed to this explosion," said Krzyzewski.
Now that Zion is back on the field and visibly healthy, the largest sub-parcel of sneakers will be the one with whom he will sign after the season. A source told Yahoo earlier this year that he will easily earn more than $ 5 million per season, a strange figure for a rookie. In the same time zone, there is no other perspective as to the marketability of Williamson, which means that all major shoe companies will bid on him.
"All they want, is hear Zion," said Yahoo earlier this year a leader of a shoe company. "There is no money, Sion is gold."
After dominating his new starts Thursday night, Zion's future was even brighter.
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