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Calipari said Zion Williamson would blow out any shoe

The whole world seems to be talking about Zion Williamson and his faulty shoes, so it’s only normal that John Calipari weighed in on the biggest story in college basketball.

Jerry Tipton asked Cal what went through his mind when he saw the play, considering Kentucky is a Nike school, to which Cal said it’s more of a Zion Williamson problem than a Nike shoe problem.

That kid’s torque and his explosion would blow out any shoe,” Cal said. “When you look at it you’re like, ‘Ho—‘ and he’s not 120 pounds now doing that. He’s got some weight to him. If you looked at it, you’re like, ‘Holy Cow!'”

Cal said Nike will likely have to make a special shoe designed to withstand Williamson’s weight and power, if they’re allowed to do it while Williamson’s still in college.

“The kid is so unusual — size-wise, explosiveness, quick twitch,” he said. “I don’t care what he had on… It’s a wonder both shoes didn’t blow out.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

21 Comments for Calipari said Zion Williamson would blow out any shoe



  1. GGHB11
    3:00 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    Wow nice headline. Slow news day I guess



    • unbridled
      1:12 am February 23, 2019 Permalink

      Zion will make a mountain of money from either Nike or a competitor from this little mishap.



  2. Bluebloodtoo
    3:16 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    Oh Cal, always looking out for your sponsors…Lol



  3. ukcats1776.90
    4:06 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    Zion is a fat cow. hes probably blown out a few pairs of Levi Jean’s in his day too. (or FUBU jeans considering . . . you know)



    • ClutchCargo
      4:13 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      Still salty over that choke job at the Yum! Center?



    • KYjellyRoll
      4:20 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      Considering what exactly?



    • runningunnin.454
      7:13 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      Zion is not fat; he’s just big…and very good.



    • unbridled
      1:09 am February 23, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah I don’t like Zion at all. I only dislike bron bron more. The media infatuation with him drives me insane. I get it….but it’s waaaaaay over the top. All of that said….kid ain’t fat at all. You are an idiot if you think he is.



    • GGHB11
      11:39 pm February 23, 2019 Permalink

      Ignorant comment



  4. KYjellyRoll
    4:19 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    Agreed. What I was thinking. Good call student cal



    • Ridge Runner
      4:57 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah Jelly.. kinda like a big block 8.4-liter V10 engine on bicycle tires.



    • StayBlue
      6:55 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      LMAO Ridge!



  5. Ridge Runner
    4:27 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    “That kid’s torque and his explosion would blow out any shoe,” -Classic quote.



    • Ridge Runner
      4:45 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      Prolly needs squares of rubber molded to his dogs to avoid any potential breakage.



  6. J. Did
    4:40 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    CAL is likely correct.

    But the point is, in terms of shoe quality, NIKE was exposed first simply because NIKE does not equate quality.

    Never has and never will, perhaps, until they make favorable changes and improvements for the consumer.



  7. playmorezeppelin
    5:04 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    I just cannot believe that people are acting like Nike, THE WORLD WIDE LEADING PRODUCER OF BASKETBALL SHOES SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME IN QUALITY AND QUANTITY, is all of a sudden a subpar product because an overweight player blew the bottoms out of one pair. How does this happen overnight? 3 days ago you couldn’t get one person who knows what they’re talking about to say one bad thing about Nike’s. How easily are people’s opinions influenced?



    • Ridge Runner
      5:10 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      I hear ya but to be honest.. outta a kazillion shoes, crap happens sometimes. I remember Aaron Gordon blowing out a shoe (old Jordan) years ago in an NBA game.



    • J. Did
      6:38 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

      PMZ….I have stated, repeatedly, my disdain for NIKE. And the tribulations. This is not new. It is on a new stage. Nationally. Courtesy of dook & Zion. I had this issue many moons ago with their poor product. It is a classic case of product liability. What happens beyond this? Hush money.



  8. BlueKyMike
    6:03 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    Heard Charles Barkley say that he had been wearing that pair of shoes all season. He said he, Jordan and Shaq changed shoes at least once a week. Some did every game.



  9. Luether
    7:57 pm February 22, 2019 Permalink

    My sources disagree. They say there’s NO WAY that Zion’s Nike shoe should explode like that – no matter who’s wearing it…