Paul George Spoke to Nike After Zion Williamson’s Knee Injury

by February 22, 2019

Paul George reached out to his Swoosh reps after Zion Williamson‘s Nike PG 2.5 sneaker exploded 36 seconds into Wednesday night’s Duke-UNC tilt.

George says his “only concern is for Zion.”

Williamson is projected to be the top pick in this summer’s NBA draft. The 18-year-old suffered a Grade 1 right knee sprain and was listed as day-to-day.

Per The Oklahoman:

“My only concern is for Zion, honestly,” George said after Thunder practice Thursday. “People were making a big deal about the shoe when everything should have been about Zion, his injury. That was the only thing I was concerned about was how bad it was and hopeful it wasn’t something that was too bad and it was something that he could come back from.”

Last season, the Nike PG 1 was the most-worn shoe in the NBA out of 11 active players’ signature shoe lines, according to ESPN.

“I take pride in (my shoe line),” George said. “My shoe has been a successful shoe not only in college but in the NBA. A lot of people been in it, a lot of people been wearing them, so I don’t necessarily know. But it’s never happened to my knowledge before, so that’s tough.”

George dealt with minor injuries in college but suffered his most severe injury, an open fracture of his tibia and fibula, while with Team USA in 2014.

“Honestly, injuries are a part of the game,” George said. “That’s getting a little too much into business stuff. He went to college to play basketball, to win a championship ultimately.”

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