Paul George said Thursday that he reached out to Nike to find out “what went wrong” with his PG 2.5 signature shoe that Zion Williamson was wearing when he injured his knee on Wednesday.

“First, I want to wish him all the best,” George said. “I don’t know the severity of the injury right now. We just wish him all the best through the recovery, if it is something severe. And honestly, I’m just here for him through that time of being hurt.

“But outside of that I don’t necessarily know what happened, how it happened,” George said. “I talked to Nike to see what went wrong, what happened with the shoe and I take pride in that. My shoes have been a successful shoe not only in college but in the NBA. A lot of people have been in them, a lot of people have been wearing them. So I don’t necessarily know, but it’s never happened to my knowledge before. So that’s tough.”

Following Williamson’s injury, George became a target of social media negativity, with fans tweeting at him about his shoes. Nike’s stock price also took a hit, down about 1 percent, or 89 cents, to $83.95 Thursday after rebounding from a morning low of $83.35.

“It hasn’t happened to me as long as I’ve been in this shoe, we’ve made three generations going on four now of my shoe being successful, so I didn’t necessarily feel any way about that part, the negative part of it,” George said.

“My only concern is for Zion, honestly. People are making a big deal about the shoe. Everything should’ve been about Zion, his injury. That was the only thing I was concerned about was how bad it was and hopeful that it wasn’t too bad and something he could come back from.”

George’s shoe is popular in college programs, with Kentucky recently partnering for an exclusive PG 2.5 team colorway. Duke also has an exclusive team colorway.

“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said in a statement. “The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”

This was probably just a random freak accident, nothing more.  

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