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Zion Williamson: Kyrie 4s Were 'Incredible' After PG 2.5 Shoes Ripped vs. UNC

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2019

Duke's Zion Williamson (1) smiles after a play against Syracuse during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Shoes don't often serve as one of the biggest storylines heading into an ACC tournament game, but that was the reality before Thursday's showdown between Duke and Syracuse.

After all, Blue Devils star Zion Williamson suffered a knee injury when his foot went through the bottom of his Paul George shoes during a Feb. 20 loss to North Carolina. He wore shoes from Kyrie Irving's signature line Thursday, and they apparently delivered in the 84-72 win.  

"The shoes were incredible this game," he said, per Dan Wolken of USA Today.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski revealed Nike did everything it could to make sure they were ready:

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Coach K said Nike sent “their top people” to Durham after the shoe exploded. Those people then went to China to personally oversee the manufacturing of his new shoe. OK then!

Dan Wolken @DanWolken

Coach K said the “wear and tear” contributed to Zion’s shoe blowout so they’re rotating his shoes quicker. Nike also made them stronger.

The shoes may have been incredible, but so was Williamson.

He tallied 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, five blocks and a steal during the victory, and he didn't miss a single one of his 13 field-goal attempts. Williamson had no issue attacking the rim off the bounce or lifting off for the soaring dunks that have placed him atop NBA draft boards.

B/R Kicks @brkicks

.@ZionW32 lacing up in the Nike Kyrie 4 😤 https://t.co/uo5S6Cgi0v

B/R Kicks @brkicks

.@ZionW32 wearing the Nike Kyrie 4 PE tonight in his return. https://t.co/CDrvJxkmcC

Attention now shifts to a rematch with the Tar Heels in Friday's ACC tournament semifinal. It's safe to say Williamson will likely don Irvings again after his most recent performance.

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