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The Business of Business Writing by John Tabellione, Principal at

Duke’s at Hazard

Date: 21 February 2019
Category: Current Events, Entertainment, Sports

Last night, only seconds into a game versus arch-rival, North Carolina, perennial college basketball powerhouse, Duke University, took it on the chin–or should I say, feet–when their behemoth, 6-foot-7, 285-pound, freshman star, Zion Williamson, slipped haphazardly out of his Nike sneakersWilliamson averages 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and is considered the consensus top-ranked prospect for June’s NBA draft. Those credentials are no mean feat.

Even though his foot actually popped through the side of his PG series basketball sneaker, he suffered what was termed a Grade 1 sprain in his right knee. His coach, Mike Krzyzewski, said Williamson is making progress, given his day-to-day status.

With their star player out for the remaining 39 minutes of the game, want to hazard a guess as to which team won the game? Well, not only did they lose their key player, it was a double de-feat for the No. 1-ranked Blue Devils, as they lost to eighth-ranked UNC, 88-72.

P.S. Meanwhile, back in Beaverton, Oregon, Nike management pondered the long-term effects of this incident as their stock price also took a hit, down about 1 percent, or 89 cents, to $83.95 Thursday. More than likely, the company will be back on its feet again once the negative publicity dies down, Williamson recovers, and some 40 NBA players continue their endorsements of this particular line of shoes.

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