Zion's shoe blowout and injury 'couldn't be worse' for Nike - Max Kellerman | First Take

  • Published on Feb 21, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Will Cain debate how much responsibility Nike should take for Zion Williamson's injury, which came after blowing through his shoe in the first half of Duke's game against UNC. Kellerman and Stephen A. acknowledge that the injury is a bad look for Nike, but Cain says that the injury had less to do with Nike and more to do with Zion's unique physique.
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Comments • 3 580

  • Rent To Own Rent To Own

    Nike shoes are crap....a lot of people know that. Reebok and Adidas makes good shoes.

  • Cedric Holmes
    Cedric Holmes Month ago

    Stop backing nike

  • exoticwinds
    exoticwinds Month ago

    Why was this a big deal?

  • Dan Bray
    Dan Bray 2 months ago

    Nike is now forcing people to take a knee

  • TruthFLA
    TruthFLA 2 months ago

    all this talk over nothing. the stock has recovered just fine. Nike will be ok. Talking heads just needed something to talk about.

  • Miss Blue Dragon
    Miss Blue Dragon 2 months ago

    Unacceptable. Nike and these corporations are slave drivers who uses child labor to make shoes in sweatshops.
    Glad this is being brought to light again.
    It’s disgusting. I’m glad I’m a minimalist and won’t support these corporations with my money.

  • tone po
    tone po 2 months ago +1

    "Jordan made Nike hot" converse originators

  • Travis Rehder
    Travis Rehder 2 months ago

    Whelp Nike is sued

  • Yoda
    Yoda 2 months ago


  • Waylon Poteet
    Waylon Poteet 2 months ago

    Damn hes big as shit!! U expect that damn shoe to hold up all the time?? Hell no it aint,its bad but this only one time its happened

  • SRH82 rasta
    SRH82 rasta 2 months ago

    Should've glued it.....

  • Money Ball
    Money Ball 2 months ago

    there is a reason why Zion got hurt. I made a video on it. conspiracy

  • LaMer6800
    LaMer6800 2 months ago

    I agree with Max on everything, but he made one error, because he doesn't live in the Inner City. Those damn shoes cost 175 and higher. They don;'t sell these shoes cheap! THose youngsters should get paid from the beginning to end of their college career!

  • Joe Dynamo
    Joe Dynamo 2 months ago


  • StockyPhilB
    StockyPhilB 2 months ago

    ROFL Life Insurance mock basketball commercial before This clip is epic! xD

  • xd Mariq
    xd Mariq 2 months ago

    People have been running through the sides of Nike shoes for years. I've seen it happen with my friend doing simple down and backs on a high school gym floor and go through the side like it was nothing. Honestly why I stick with Adidas and probably will for a while.

  • Elle Bryant
    Elle Bryant 2 months ago +1


  • LLoyd Miller
    LLoyd Miller 2 months ago

    That's no accident. They wanted to bring him down because hes to good.

  • gerald dorrian
    gerald dorrian 2 months ago

    100 a pair? I wish my shoes are 200 and up

    BILLY PHAM. 2 months ago

    Just Blew It. ☑️

  • Tomy Arif Utomo
    Tomy Arif Utomo 2 months ago

    Just Blew It

    THE JUICE TV 2 months ago


  • Robert Waterman
    Robert Waterman 2 months ago

    Nike's, why would you buy something that is made by child labors who are paid 11 cents a day to make shoes for over paid under educated athletes.

  • Merek29
    Merek29 2 months ago +1

    Yall can't be surprised, isolated incident my ass. Anyone who buys nike knows this shit happens alot.

  • Millennials are gay faggots

    Karma for that ridiculous ad campaign featuring Colin Suckadick

  • xhighrollerx123
    xhighrollerx123 2 months ago +1

    Screw Nike and these sweat shop corporations.

  • Jason Moser
    Jason Moser 2 months ago +1

    NIKE... Don't Do It!

  • Roberto Fpv
    Roberto Fpv 2 months ago

    Gets adidas. Problem fixed.

  • Bob Clunt
    Bob Clunt 2 months ago

    Molly shut the fucccck up ffs

  • Lorenzo Perez
    Lorenzo Perez 2 months ago

    It's not nikes fault that the shoe riped

  • I couldn't think of a username

    Sneakerheads where a mistake.

  • Dennis Javier
    Dennis Javier 2 months ago

    Rip PG 2.5

  • leezyj20
    leezyj20 2 months ago

    Af1 you can never go wrong

    BEEPERHAWK 2 months ago

    Been sayin it 4 years , Nike ain't shit. I don't buy that flashy shit, don't let my kids wear that crap either. Asics, NB and now adidas. ALL betta.

  • infowars dotcom
    infowars dotcom 2 months ago

    Nike shoes quality have gone Down in the last 20 years...they literally fall apart all of the time. F nike

  • Edwin Seymour
    Edwin Seymour 2 months ago

    He hulked out his shoe.....sfu!

  • Kevo A
    Kevo A 2 months ago

    Nike is mass production crappy shoes

  • twayne reignmaker
    twayne reignmaker 2 months ago

    Can I have the shoes? They gonna be worth millions when I'm older. The shoe that wrecked Zion's career.

  • Mr. Soxside89
    Mr. Soxside89 2 months ago

    Them Shaqs on the rise

  • むしむし
    むしむし 2 months ago +1


  • Herman Copelin
    Herman Copelin 2 months ago

    He needs a sturdy shoe like the lebrons or a light pair of shoes built for big guys. Like the new KDs. Word on the street though, the last gen KDs are falling apart on courts across the country. Honestly, those team shoes looked suspect anyway. If he will continue wearing that shoe they need to supply a new pair every three or four games.

  • Xupreem AthElites
    Xupreem AthElites 2 months ago

    What an opportunity for greatness to collaborate and innovate. It's interesting that I spent the last 4 years designing a new alternative for Xupreem AthElites such as Zion Williamson to kreate and dominate in their field. This is a great opportunity for Zion to branch away from the norm and align with this innovative and new brand of athletic footwear, Xkeem Xupreem! We are in a stage of design and funding that fits such situation and narrative. What's up Mr. Williamson?

  • Laker Fan Since Birth
    Laker Fan Since Birth 2 months ago

    People overreacting to be honest..

  • Samuel Strauser
    Samuel Strauser 2 months ago

    he was wearing PG

  • Patrick McCarroll
    Patrick McCarroll 2 months ago

    The shoe breaking could have saved his knee from completely blowing out. I look at this situation as lucky...

  • 200mphz06
    200mphz06 2 months ago

    NIKE quality sucks. Soles glued together? Really?

  • ObamaisnextLincoln
    ObamaisnextLincoln 2 months ago

    Title hopes over?? Hyperbole much, ESPN??

  • Dragoon swezey
    Dragoon swezey 2 months ago

    Nike sucks

  • Terran Rush
    Terran Rush 2 months ago

    there must be nothing else going on in the sports world to talk about.

  • Stevens Johnathan
    Stevens Johnathan 2 months ago

    William could not have sed it better

  • Stevens Johnathan
    Stevens Johnathan 2 months ago

    Don't blame Nike dumbass nigga here putting to much damn pressure dumbass ass people

  • Giants/Mets/Blazers
    Giants/Mets/Blazers 2 months ago

    Why is his big ass playing in those skimpy ass Paul George’s? He need to be in some Timberlands 😂

  • 3 - Y’s
    3 - Y’s 2 months ago

    The guy in the center/middle screen- how come Reebok didnt shatter under Shaq? if what you are saying Zion is big and mobile.

  • Mynawone Bidness
    Mynawone Bidness 2 months ago

    Garbage shoes that are way too expensive blew out during a game? How's this even a story?

  • Lecia Bella
    Lecia Bella 2 months ago


  • Ronnie Brown
    Ronnie Brown 2 months ago

    Thousands of games have been played and maybe a few hundred shoes went bad.....

  • You know who I am, gotdammit!

    "You done switched from Nike to Reebok, Ha"--Juvenile

  • Gram: Ju_phipps3
    Gram: Ju_phipps3 2 months ago

    At the end day we gonna keep buying Nike’s‼️‼️‼️ period

  • Hali D
    Hali D 2 months ago +1

    China is getting there revenge for Trumps tariffs.

  • I'm Smorgas
    I'm Smorgas 2 months ago +1

    Shoulda gone with adidas. Boost Gang baby!

  • Savage Ood
    Savage Ood 2 months ago

    Crocs are making a return

  • Israel out of Palestine

    Quick whip a few more child labour slaves together and make his shoes better.

  • turboboostintsi
    turboboostintsi 2 months ago

    It was a setup.

  • Ryan Pettit
    Ryan Pettit 2 months ago


  • Pedro Faria
    Pedro Faria 2 months ago

    The designers design the shoe on inventor or autocad software

  • The Flying Dutchman
    The Flying Dutchman 2 months ago


  • Fake Gamer
    Fake Gamer 2 months ago

    Man, Zion’s shoe getting blown out gets more than some nba players do

  • Richard Wilson
    Richard Wilson 2 months ago

    See if he wouldnt have went to Duke and went to Carolina.. those Jordans wouldnt have let him down..

  • Alex Aziaklo
    Alex Aziaklo 2 months ago

    Y’all all know nike gonna release 10 new color ways for that shoe after they relabel it the PG Rips

  • Y3arZer0
    Y3arZer0 2 months ago

    Stupid 5 year old needs to work harder on these shoes lol.

  • MrNightpwner
    MrNightpwner 2 months ago

    Cheap labor makes cheap products.

  • Sam Morgan
    Sam Morgan 2 months ago

    Change your damn shoes. Can't wear the same pair multiple games in a row

  • Juan Pedroza
    Juan Pedroza 2 months ago

    First I don’t buy Nike but what people need to understand is that a company like Nike put millions of dollars into RD then have to pay millions and millions to athletes. It would be hard for a company like Nike to make a profit if they wouldn’t make their shoes in third world countries. If you don’t like the product then don’t buy the products.

  • Demetri Janazian
    Demetri Janazian 2 months ago

    Bro just stfu and get a new pair of shoes. Shit never happens. Youre almost 300 lbs wtf you expect wearing those light shoes.

  • virtual spaceman
    virtual spaceman 2 months ago +2

    *Adidas has joined chat*

  • Mike G
    Mike G 2 months ago +1

    Nike sneakers are not quality athletic shoes. Nike has taken a knee when it comes to improving their shoes.

  • Alex DeMoulin
    Alex DeMoulin 2 months ago +1

    That's why my fat ass wheres Adidas.

  • freshguy601
    freshguy601 2 months ago +2

    Thats is why Adidas is the way to go. Honestly Nike stopped looking at quality and is selling logo from a long time ago...

  • Wesley Bastian
    Wesley Bastian 2 months ago +1

    Only way Nike could win this is if they sign Zion and make a shoe specifically for him

  • Rican Cobain
    Rican Cobain 2 months ago +1

    Something about the way this guy talks reminds me of CM Punk.

  • amstevens23
    amstevens23 2 months ago +1

    Its not a car, its a shoe..

  • Peter Tran
    Peter Tran 2 months ago +1

    Nike going to have to sign him for $33.95M now smh

  • Calvin Rodriguez
    Calvin Rodriguez 2 months ago +1

    Fuck nike.

  • infimion
    infimion 2 months ago +1

    The shoe only had *glue*

  • Cynthia Wilcox
    Cynthia Wilcox 2 months ago +2


  • none ya
    none ya 2 months ago +1

    Poor him

  • Slayerboss
    Slayerboss 2 months ago +7

    Employ American people and stop manufacturing shoes in China. This is classic China products, cheap

    • Kid82fy
      Kid82fy 3 days ago

      Slayerboss then them shoes gonna be like $300 a pair

  • Mora UTD
    Mora UTD 2 months ago +1

    It’s just that the pgs are made cheaply

  • Dusty Davis
    Dusty Davis 2 months ago +1

    I've never bought a pair of Nike shoes they have been a horrible company for 25 years

  • Dusty Davis
    Dusty Davis 2 months ago +1

    Some children are getting no pay in some 3rd world country

  • Johmy Sins
    Johmy Sins 2 months ago +5

    Damn he gon get huge sponsorship from addidas

  • Carlos Berrios
    Carlos Berrios 2 months ago +1

    Use Adidas

  • Cole Turner
    Cole Turner 2 months ago +2

    Nike lost me since using Kaperdick as their spokesman.

  • c k
    c k 2 months ago +1

    Talking heads spouting nonsense.

  • Justin Howard
    Justin Howard 2 months ago

    If i was in the nba i would make sure and buy my own shoes and make sure they dont leave my sight before the game starts

  • Justin Howard
    Justin Howard 2 months ago

    Ive never seen shaq rip his shoes just for the record so im not buyin the whole “ shoe cant hold him” speech

  • Justin Howard
    Justin Howard 2 months ago

    I feel like this was a setup how do you tear a brand new pair of shoes 33 seconds into a game. This suspect to the max 👀👀👀

  • Merv F.
    Merv F. 2 months ago

    This was not a fluke. Nike has a quality issue. They are clearly finding ways to make their sneakers at a lower cost and as a result sacrificing quality. I just spent $200 on a pair of retro jordan's. I wore them less then 10 times usually for about an hour or two each time. I had a similar experience. The left sneaker split in half while I was playing basketball at a local church. I am 6 ft and 170 pounds so the size excuse of Zion Williamson is a joke. I took the sneakers back to Champs sports where I had purchased them and the manager couldn't believe what he was seeing. I still had the sales receipt and the shoes still looked brand new aside from the split. After stuttering to come up with an excuse he finally landed on "well did you wear them to play basketball?" I wasn't sure what he wanted to hear but after taking a moment to collect myself I responded "they are basketball shoes, aren't they?" He continued huffing and puffing but failing to come up with any additional excuses. He told me there was nothing he could do for me because the shoes were not being made anymore. He suggested I take them to a shoe repair shop. Don't waste your money on expensive nike's. It clearly does not mean better quality.

  • Sat Sonic
    Sat Sonic 2 months ago

    Nike needs to build a special shoe for Zion

  • MrCdots
    MrCdots 2 months ago

    Rubber was even torn lol. Like most products made today, low quality mtls because it's light weight or cheaper to purchase. Yet charged 300% markup at min to the consumer end of story.