Will Zion Williamson return to Duke

NBA News: Top prospect Zion Williamson injured in the knee - Luka Doncic reacts with criticism

College star Zion Williamson sustained a knee injury in the Duke Blue Devils game against North Carolina. How long the potential # 1 pick of the 2019 draft will be out is not yet known. Several NBA stars reacted in shock to the news.

After just 36 seconds, Williamson was already on the floor, writhing in pain. During a move with his back to the basket, his shoe broke, causing the athletic freak to slip away and injure his right knee.

After all, the 18-year-old was able to leave the floor without outside help, he hobbled into the cabin and did not return to the game. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called the injury after the 72:88 bankruptcy a slight sprain in the knee.

The reason for the injury was Williamson's Nike shoe, the sole of which had loosened during the abrupt movement. The shoe manufacturer's share then lost 2.2 percent of its value. "We are of course concerned and wish Zion a speedy recovery," said Nike in a statement. It is an isolated case.

According to Duke University, Zion's knee is stable, and there will be an update on Thursday as to when the 2.01-meter man can return to the floor. The Duke star's injury caused a sensation, including in NBA circles.

NBA players are concerned about Zion's injury

"I hope the young man is okay," wrote LeBron James on Twitter, for example. "He literally broke his shoes." Donovan Mitchell, on the other hand, expressed concern not only about the future of Zion but also about the state of college basketball.


"Let's not forget all the money that is in this game ... the players are getting none of it and now Zion is injured. Something should change in the NCAA," the jazz star tweeted. Then Luka Doncic responded with a tip to all young basketball players: "Play in Europe"

The Mavs rookie admiringly dubbed Williamson a "monster" that was "out of this world" at the All-Star Weekend. Now the basketball world - and especially the NBA teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers or New York Knicks, who are hoping for the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft - hopes that Zion has survived the shock relatively unscathed.

Even former US President Barack Obama, who sat on the sidelines during the Duke-North Carolina game, addressed words of encouragement to Williamson. "He looks like an extraordinary young man and an extraordinary basketball player. I wish him a speedy recovery."