Penny Hardaway talks about the genesis of the Tigers’ Nike Air Foamposite One
Memphis unveiled exclusive team and staff Nike Air Foamposite One sneakers last week.
Jason Munz, Memphis Trade Call
Player safety questions swirled after Duke freshman and college basketball superstar Zion Williamson blew his shoe and injured his knee in Duke’s first offensive set against the North Carolina Wednesday night.
According to a spokesperson for Memphis Athletics, no Tigers player this season has used the PG 2.5 shoes, which Williamson wore. Nike has not issued a direct statement to Memphis on shoe designs since the injury.
The PG 2.5, a custom brand of Nike footwear inspired by Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George, retails for $110, making it one of the cheapest player signature sneakers available on the market.
The majority of Memphis players wear the gray Nike Zoom KD 11 boots, inspired by Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant.
The University of Memphis has an exclusive contract with Nike to supply footwear, apparel and equipment to all Tigers sports teams since 2008.
Months before Memphis caused a stir by hiring Penny Hardaway last March, university president Mr. David Rudd signed a five-year extension uniting Memphis athletics with Nike through June 30, 2023.
Under the terms of the contract Memphis signed on November 13, 2017, the university’s athletic department is to receive $11.25 million in products from Nike over five years.
Earlier this season, Nike gave the basketball and soccer programs a custom edition of Penny Hardaway’s signature Foamposite shoes in a black and blue tiger stripe colorway.
“We are obviously concerned and wish Zion a speedy recovery,” Nike said in a statement late Wednesday. “The quality and performance of our products is of the utmost importance. Although this is an isolated event, we are working to identify the problem.”
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