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Zion Williamson Addresses 'Mystery' Of Blown-Out Nike Shoe

zion williamson looks at his shoes after getting hurt vs. unc

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 20: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after falling as his shoe breaks against Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Earlier this season, Zion Williamson suffered a knee sprain when his Nike shoe exploded as he tried to make a cut. Duke's first regular-season contest against North Carolina saw Zion leave within the first minute of the game.

However, with Zion back on the floor and healthy, the Blue Devils stormed to an ACC Tournament title and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Duke has been lucky in this year's tournament, but is still alive and faces off against Michigan State later this afternoon.

While we thought the exploded shoe was in the rearview, TMZ brought it back into the headlines.

TMZ reported the exploded Nike shoe has gone missing. The site even went as far as to ask Zion about the missing shoes.

Williamson doesn't know where they went.

From the report:

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]."

Why does TMZ want to know where the shoes are?

Well, according to Ken Goldin from Goldin Auctions the shoes are worth $250,000. That's right, quarter of a million dollars for a broken shoe.

Duke and Michigan State tip off this afternoon at 5:05 p.m. ET on CBS.