Zion Williamson made his a lot anticipated return to the court docket Thursday in opposition to Syracuse within the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, and he picked up proper the place he left off.
The Blue Devils freshman, who missed the staff’s remaining 5 common season video games attributable to an damage sustained when his Nike PG 2.5s blew out, led all scorers with 29 factors along with 14 rebounds, as Duke superior with a 84-72 victory.
The sneakers on Zion’s ft for his return: a specifically designed pair of Nike Kyrie 4s.
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As reported by ESPN’s Allison Williams, “These aren’t common Kyries. These are customized footwear made by Nike. They despatched a staff to Durham to work with Zion to deal with his particular wants.”
Nike additionally launched a press release on Nike’s return, which reads:
“We’re thrilled to see Zion returning to the court docket. After working carefully with the Duke Basketball staff to look at the problem, we’re assured that is an remoted incident.
“We proceed to work with Duke, and all of our companion packages, to make sure we’re offering the very best product for his or her athletes.”
As a results of final evening’s win, the Blue Devils will now tackle rival UNC within the ACC Tournament semifinals on Friday evening. Duke has misplaced twice to the Tar Heels this season, however they have been with out Zion in each of these contests.
Needless to say, the Blue Devils are a a lot totally different staff with the 18-year previous celebrity within the lineup. Tonight’s sport, airing on ESPN, is scheduled to tip at 9:00pm ET.