Former President Barack Obama is just like us.
While attending Wednesday night's North Carolina vs. Duke game, Obama had a front-row seat to Zion Williamson's wild shoe-breaking move. He was just as shocked as the rest of us.
“His shoe broke.” pic.twitter.com/FAtpaF5uAt— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) February 21, 2019
Just 36 seconds into one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball, Williamson was making a move towards the basket when his left foot slipped. Trying to find enough balance to counter his collapsing leg, the 6-foot-7, 285 pound player took to his right leg causing his sneaker to completely tear apart. Zion, who is a big enough superstar that he can be recognized just by his first name, then left the game and did not return with what Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski described as a "mild right knee sprain."
Zion's rookie season has been headlined by his monster-like ability, but tearing a Nike shoe apart is something not even the 44th President of the United States has seen before.
After the game, Obama tweeted his well wishes to the 18-year-old.
Zion Williamson seems like an outstanding young man as well as an outstanding basketball player. Wishing him a speedy recovery.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 21, 2019
Duke felt the loss of Zion as the Tar Heels went on to win 88-72. How much time the predicted No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft will miss will become clearer Thursday. Duke heads up to No. 7 Syracuse Saturday.
"When you lose the leading candidate for national player of the year, you have a lot of adjusting to do," Coach K said after the game.
MORE NCAA NEWS:
- Mid-Atlantic Teams in March? Which teams can make a run
- NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Who's after Zion Williamson in 2019?
- No Rush: NBA fans want Zion now. He's just trying to have fun at Duke