DURHAM, N.C. – All he took was 34 seconds on the brilliant stage in the college basketball about the debate about what ever meant to be lit on fire every time.
The contrast was too rich.
On one hand, you got the Duke's historic Dan Do Cameron Stadium – one of the true churches and the game – full of all corners for one of the great sports competitors, the energy that was so nice you thought. A barn almost 80 can stand.
It was 249th Duke and North Carolina University. What could be more exciting? President Barack Obama, the basketball-boss-head, can not be lost.
And on the other hand, roll on the floor in pain and hold your knee less than a minute into the game that you had Seion y Dug, Williamson, the world's most glorious basketball basket, just months of professional career and a treasure hunt worth millions of dollars – providing it can stay healthy.
The early signs are his injury to the Duke's first offensive possession – which seemed to happen when his Nike sounder had to split apart – in a long term, even though he did not return to the game.
"We're worried about Zion," said Mike Krzyzewski, Duke's head coach after the game. "There's a slight spin of knee. We'll know about tomorrow's time. It's stable."
But the image of Williamson was missing on the floor and left for the night enough to send expenses through the base of the sport.
Tradition, humorous and good talk to the soul are immense for television rates and they can drive the secondary ticket market to an undesirable height – reports scallers were asking and getting almost $ 3,000 for a ticket in Cameron, only seats of 9,314; the lack of demand for driving supply.
But all of this depends on the best basketball talents in the world that take a year after high school broadcast before they can enter the NBA draft – provision of a joint bargaining agreement since 2005.
If they choose to play a season from college basketball, they can not get paid. Everyone else is doing – Krzyzewski earns around $ 9 million a season to train young people free of charge; broadcasting rights for the NCAA tournament are worth nearly a billion dollars every year.
Still, when everything goes smoothly, the huge marketing the college star can have on a highly successful program can have significant benefits.
Williamson's star has exploded in the Duke. It has 2.4 million followers on Instagram and it is expected that its social media will arrive, identify an endless name and collection of roller dunks highlighting it for a huge shoe certification agreement when it turns professionally – perhaps perhaps not with Nike.
But he must go there in one piece.
The question now relates to what it's expected before it joins. Its performance for the Duke of this season is already likely to be cemented as a No. 1 option in this June NBA draft. If he had left college tomorrow, he would have a shoe company to sign up by Friday, so why does he endanger an injury playing for nothing?
It was an awkward topic to be considered in the vicinity of the college basketball basketball but in turn and at the center will turn the Williamson return – if it's a return – and on as long as he is catapulting around the court for the love of his school only.
Williamson's injury sucked the spirit out of the game.
Duke came into the night in number 1, and was proud of one of the most spectacular fresh classes ever – co-directed by Williamson electric and a partner in crime, R.J. Barrett o Mississauga, Ont.
The Tar Heels was No. 8 and was looking to bring some Thunder Devils Thunder.
The band was high; Cameron Crazes were curious and Obama was in the house.
And then Williamson, the 6-foot-7, 285-punt phenomenon that, within a few months, has become well-known as all but the brilliant stars of the NBA, has planted his left foot and attempted to turn his right on Duke of offensive first deed .
Instead of shearing down the lane for one of its collapsed bags, Williamson fell awkwardly and losing his knee right internally in an uncomfortable angle.
Almost everything Williamson does, however, it was a kind of kind of kind.
On the second look, Nike Williamson's shoes seemed to explode under stress changing his direction. Although it is not completely unknown to shoes to be split where the overhead is stitched or transported to another, in the case of Williamson, the only thing itself seemed to be like.
"I've seen a break in front of," said Duke Jack's top distributor. "But not like that. The man is unique."
Williamson put his back and tied his knee right in pain, just inside a three point Duke point as Cameron stopped for the first time since they opened the doors two hours before 9 p.m. tip. He could walk off alone – a good sign.
Barrett, Williamson, a conference and co-staring room, which led all scorers with 33 points in the 88-72 Duke, third-time loss against 23 awards:
"It's not really great now," said Barrett. "I'm praying for it, I hope it'll be quick and fast."
Everyone hopes he's getting fast and fast. Watching Williamson slashes down the floor with speed and grace that believes that his size has become a watchman on appointment. He is one of the most new stars the college game has ever seen.
But it took only one minute to put all of them at risk and underlined the question that a college basketball and all fans would like to avoid:
Certainly, if he can come back and resume his football ways and lead God to the NCAA title, no-one will be able to give the best to watch.
But at this point, what's in it?