Zion Williamson Signs Endorsement Deal With Nike's Jordan Brand

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 7:48 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2019 7:48 PM UTC

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will sign with Nike's Jordan Brand. This will be the first major deal as an NBA player for the former Duke star.

<div><p><em>"Since I was a kid, I dreamed of making it to the league and having the type of impact on the game Michael Jordan had,"</em> Williamson said.</p><p>According to Nike, Williamson joins a roster of more than 50 athletes across numerous sports wearing Jordan gear. Other players include Jayson Tatum, Rui Hachimura, WNBA stars Asia Durr and Kia Nurse and NFL rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.</p><p><em>"Zion's incredible determination, character and play are inspiring,"</em> Michael Jordan said in a statement.<em> "He's an essential part of the new talent that will help lead the brand into the future. He told us he would 'shock the world,' and asked us to believe him. We do."</em></p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Well, this should be fun.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Welcome to the family, &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Zionwilliamson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@ZionWilliamson&lt;/a&gt;. &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/JUMPMAN?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#JUMPMAN&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/nSY2Eh0Fnu\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/nSY2Eh0Fnu&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Jordan (@Jumpman23) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Jumpman23/status/1153706592547688448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 23, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p>The No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft only played nine minutes in the NBA Summer League before being sidelined with a bruised left knee, as a precaution.</p><p>Zion Williamson famously suffered a knee injury in a game against North Carolina in his only year at Duke when his foot ripped through the side of a Nike shoe from Kyrie Irving's signature line.</p><p>Williamson returned to the court after missing six games with a modified Nike shoe and he thanked the company for making a new pair of shoes for him that as he said, were "a little stronger than the regular Kyrie 4s."</p><p><u><strong>2019-2020 NBA MVP<br />(Courtesy of <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BetOnline</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Giannis Antetokounmpo +300</p><p>Stephen Curry +500</p><p>James Harden +700</p><p>Kawhi Leonard +800</p><p>LeBron James +900</p><p>Anthony Davis +1000</p><p>Joel Embiid +1200</p><p>Luka Doncic +1600</p><p>Nikola Jokic +1600</p><p>Karl-Anthony Towns +2000</p><p>Damian Lillard +2500</p><p>Paul George +2500</p><p>Russell Westbrook +2500</p><p>Donovan Mitchell +3300</p><p>Kyrie Irving +3300</p><p>Zion Williamson +5000</p><p>Jimmy Butler +6600</p><p>Kemba Walker +6600</p><p>Blake Griffin +8000</p><p>DeMar DeRozan +8000</p><p>Ben Simmons +10000</p><p>Bradley Beal +10000</p><p>D'Angelo Russell +10000</p><p>Devin Booker +10000</p><p>Draymond Green +10000</p><p>Jayson Tatum +10000</p><p>Mike Conley +10000</p><p>Nikola Vucevic +10000</p><p><strong><u>New Orleans Pelicans Regular Season Wins in 2019-20</u></strong></p><p>Over 37.5 wins -130</p><p>Under 37.5 wins +110</p></div>
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