Puma Basketball has deleted a tweet about Nike regarding Zion Williamson’s shoe-related injury in the opening seconds of tonight’s game against North Carolina.
Williamson, the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, suffered a knee injury when he slipped on the floor and blew through his shoe.
Puma, which has been attempting to take a share of the basketball shoes market, attempted to seize on the social media opportunity, taking a shot at Nike.
“Wouldn’t have happened in the pumas,” the brand’s official account tweeted.
The tweet has since been deleted.
Puma has deleted their tweet. pic.twitter.com/7pPitJ20zP
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 21, 2019
Williamson, who will not return to tonight’s game against North Carolina, is expected to receive huge interest on the shoes market. Some have speculated that he could get a deal close to the one LeBron James received when he entered the NBA.
TMZ Sports spoke with the Blue Devils legend out in NYC when he told us Zion is so insanely talented, he should get the biggest sneaker contract since LeBron James.
“He has that marketability. That smile. And, who else is 6’7″, 285 with a 43-inch vertical that can entertain you like that? Nobody.”
Of course, LBJ famously signed a 7-year, $90 million Nike contract back in 2003 before he entered the NBA. But, most guys coming out since haven’t come close to those figures.
Hopefully Nike can make Williamson some stronger shoes if he ends up signing a contract with The Swoosh. The star freshman was wearing a Paul George model when he suffered the injury against North Carolina.