Much of the sports world was focused on the college basketball clash between the No. 8 North Carolina Tar Heels and No. 1 Duke Blue Devils Wednesday night, and in particular, on Duke star and presumed first-overall NBA draft pick Zion Williamson. But those viewers saw something unexpected early on; Williamson leaving the game after suffering an injury, which happened after he stepped right through his shoe and crashed to the floor. Here’s the play in real time:
Here’s a look at the replay:
Zion's shoe: destroyed 😳 pic.twitter.com/LqQ2te0Jay
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 21, 2019
And former U.S. president Barack Obama, sitting courtside, was caught on camera reacting to this:
“His shoe broke.” pic.twitter.com/FAtpaF5uAt
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) February 21, 2019
Later, Duke’s men’s basketball Twitter account announced that Williamson would not return, and that the issue was with his knee:
UPDATE: Zion Williamson will not return. Knee.
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) February 21, 2019
We’ll see just how severe this winds up being, but a serious injury here could have massive implications for Williamson, for Duke’s season, and maybe even for the NBA draft. Hopefully he winds up being okay.