In the waning seconds of his first match-up against the North Carolina Tar Heels — Zion Williamson saw his night over with after his Nike show exploded and he limped off the court into the locker room and wouldn’t be seen for a few games.
The Duke Blue Devils blown-out shoe, a piece of torn rubber and synthetic leather, may have looked absolutely worthless at the time, but it has significant value.
This particular Duke-specific Nike PG 2.5 has been estimated to be worth $250,000, according to auctioneer Ken Goldin.
“It’s definitely a six-figure, iconic piece. It is the most famous pair of sneakers in the world,” Golden told TMZ in a recent interview. “If it ever went up for auction, it would be a fight between Nike and a collector. … This is something that was nationally televised, very famous and before he became a pro. It happened on a national stage. It does not get bigger than that. … It would not surprise me if it topped $250,000.”
TMZ claimed the shoe is missing, so when they spotted Zion walking recently, they asked him about it:
“Zion smiled and told us, “Uh, ask coach about ’em.”
So, we did! We hit up the Duke athletic dept., and a rep told us they have no idea where the shoes ended up.
Next call was to Nike — maybe they have the shoe, right?
A Nike rep told us, “I don’t have any information [on the location of the shoe].”
The Duke freshman is projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Before he gets to that moment, his Blue Devils are still pursuing a national championship in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
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