I haven’t done a sneaker/kicks piece in a while…
Here’s one on the premier pro basketball draftee…..
And what he’s gonna wear on feet….
This is complicated by the past failure of a pair that put Duke’s Williamson out of playing with an injury this season….
…. the stakes have only gotten higher as the last time we saw a rookie sneaker free agent of this caliber, LeBron James in 2003, REEBOK reportedly offered him a $100 million deal and a $10 million check if LeBron signed with the brand on the spot. With adidas initially offering 9 digits as well, before infamously lowballing the future legend. And as the story goes, LeBron went on to sign with Nike for a fully guaranteed $87 million that’s now turned into a lifetime deal.
Given the nature of this industry, one would think Nike would be in the driver’s seat this time around for Zion, but one could also argue they might not be the case due to the infamous incident back in February, during the biggest game of the Blue Devils’ season. Zion’s first matchup against the North Carolina Tar Heels, where he sustained a grade 1 right knee sprain in the first minute of play and was sidelined for 6 games, with the injury being largely attributed to his left shoe exploding while performing a routine basketball move. The shoe in question? A Nike PG 2.5 that may or may not have been specially engineered for Zion….