Should Zion Williamson continue playing for Duke, despite his insane shoe-breaking incident while wearing Nikes last night just 30 seconds into the game against arch-rival North Carolina?
I feel compelled to preface this blog post with the fact that I am a devoted UNC fan. My oldest sister graduated from Chapel Hill and I’ve been a Tar Heel fan ever since my family and I visited her on that beautiful campus with a stellar basketball history and legacy that has led to watching UNC play live in a dozen games.
Having said that, Duke star Zion Williamson–and he is–needs to keep playing because if fear begins to drive him regarding basketball (or other elements in his life), then he’s no longer playing to win. And I fully understand the Nick Bosa tactic, which is to sit out the remainder of a season after an injury before a massive first-pick payday that’s just months away.
I get it.
Perhaps it’s easier for me to form my opinion without all that NBA Draft money in my near future. Still, it seems like super talented athletes like Zion Williamson and Nick Bosa may be too willing these days to squander the unique awesomeness of college athletics for what’s next in their careers. That first college experience happens only once in life.
It’s worth noting, as a lifelong Buckeye fan in Columbus, I’ve noticed that a lot of former star players (especially basketball and football) return with the latest Buckeye gear by Homage after just a couple of years in the pros to relive some of the glory days on the sidelines in the Horseshoe and in the Schottenstein Center. And they along with the coaches and fans love it. It’s one of the ways that college sports are far different than professional sports. There is something truly special about college basketball and football that cannot be replicated in the NBA or NFL.
But that’s a much longer blog post for a different day.
It’s been determined that Zion Williamson’s injury is a Grade 1 knee sprain and he is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Even though I am a UNC fan and I enjoyed the blowout win at Cameron Indoor last night by the final score 88-72–Go Tar Heels!–I always want to see the best athletes perform on the biggest stages.
Zion Williamson is freakishly talented, so I just hope he doesn’t let a freak accident stop him from playing what will be his only college basketball season. The dream scenario is his next steps involve playing for the next month or so but doesn’t lead Duke to a win in Chapel Hill or a national title.
I think that’s fair.
P.S. I can only imagine the emergency shoe tests being orchestrated at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon today.
The future for Marty McFly and Doc Brown was 2015, but 2016 is when the public can gets its first real grip on that iconic future…
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available to every single Back to the Future fan in the world during, “this holiday season.” E.A.R.L (Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing), which surprisingly reads and sounds better spelled out, will be sold using the shoe’s accompanying Nike + app.
On the business side, the critical takeaway from Nike’s eye-popping news is that while the brain power of their company’s design and innovation team to build this crazy awesome shoe of the future was crafted at their creative headquarters with their minds, their nostalgic hearts undeniably beat in rhythm with each of their giddy customers. Nike’s prowess for telling a compelling and personalized story with their new products is akin to Apple’s genius for the same business practice (especially in the Jobs era).
Everyone wants to see and own that “one more thing” that will change everything.
And Nike’s brand has literally taken that wishful aspiration to the next-level:
Have an Awe-Inspiring Week!
The company teased new details about the hoverboard last week, like better battery life, USB connectivity, stronger hover engines, and a safety kill switch…The new, skateboarder-friendly design is thanks to none other than Tony Hawk, who apparently had some “frank input” on the hoverboard’s design after riding the first version last year.
–Sean O’Kane, The Verge
Arx Pax and Lexus each designed and manufactured their 1st generation hoverboards this year. Yesterday/Back to the Future Day, the former debuted its second generation hoverboard with help from its skating consultant Tony Hawk. This dream isn’t going away and that’s a reassuring revelation for the future of mankind. After watching a short .gif video of Hawk riding the new prototype, the steering looks improved. However, the desired free-range motion without the use of magnets is going to require the mind of a real-life Doc Brown. Plus, the design is not as sleek and cool as we want, but we are still one step closer to the bright future we all envision for ourselves.
Earning a front page story on USA Today is still the goal.
Now, Back to the Future Day’s main event:
“If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything”
Nike just did it!
How do we get a pair of the Power-Lace Nike Air Mags? So far, Nike has revealed there will be a limited-release in the Spring of 2016 and it will replicate the auction format from 2011 in which all the proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Hopefully, these shoes from 2015’s future (literally!) will help extinguish Parkinson’s Disease in the post-2015 future.
Michael/Marty: The shoes are amazingly cool, but a world without Parkinson’s Disease is the future we want first and foremost.
Ringtone set to the Back to the Future theme? Check.
Wearing a dark red t-shirt that reads, “Hill Valley High School Alumni 1985” with a bulldog on it? Check.
Wearing Calvin Klein underwear and faded blue jeans? Check.
Started my car’s engine and proceeded to say, “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads“? Check.
Listened to Alan Silvestri’s soundtrack to Back to the Future: Part II in the car this morning? Check.
Rode a real-life hoverboard made by Hendo Hover in the year 2015? Check!
Happy Back to the Future Day everyone!
While Pepsi Perfect is currently working out how to salvage its dynamite promotion idea to sell the futuristic beverage of choice for Marty McFly on October 21, 2015, let’s celebrate the amazing franchise of Back to the Future. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Bob Gale and starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Crispin Glover, Thomas F. Wilson, Lea Thompson, Claudia Wells (and Elisabeth Shue), this time traveling science-fiction phenomenon and pop culture epic is the epitome of the best of what a “B-movie” can be. It’s original, has action, is funny, has heart and feels bigger than a something we see on a screen (like a 3-D Jaws…).
It aces every category!
Back to the Future captured our imaginations, our dreams and electrified the idea that anything is possible. We can choose to make our future bright and everything we want, just as long as we’re willing to stand-up to and battle the Biff Tannens of the world. When I was younger, my family and I visited Universal Studios and we rode in and experienced the Back to the Future ride in Orlando, Florida. Waiting in line was actually fun, especially when we got prepped about out mission in Doc Brown’s lab. And “experience” is the key word with this trilogy and it’s one of the reasons why this series remains so meaningful to us after all these years. It was so much more than just movies from the ’80s.
The Back to the Future trilogy really does underscore “the power of love.”
Now, the time has come to see the future…on October 21, 2015.
And Nike, the day has literally come to power-lace our heart strings!
P.S. Come on Cubbies!