Barack Obama, LeBron James wish Zion Williamson well on Twitter as NBA stars call for NCAA change after injury

The stars showed up in Durham on Wednesday to watch Zion Williamson and Duke take on North Carolina.

When Williamson got hurt early in the loss to the Tar Heels, they reached out on Twitter with messages ranging from well wishes to anger at the NCAA.

Barack Obama takes notice of Zion injury

Former President Barack Obama, who was at the game, sent his well wishes shortly after it was over.

Obama had a front-row seat for the game that saw Williamson’s foot break through his shoe when he slipped and fell on the court.

LeBron James wasn’t there, but he was keeping tabs on the game. The Nike spokesman wished Williamson well while not shying away from the fact that Zion’s poorly crafted Nike appeared to have played a role in his injury.

Should Zion shut it down?

The initial injury report sounds positive as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski noted the early diagnosis was a mild knee sprain.

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Duke's Zion Williamson (1) falls to the court under North Carolina's Luke Maye (32), injuring himself and damaging his shoe during the opening moments of the game in the first half on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
Duke's Zion Williamson (1) falls to the floor with an injury while chasing the ball with North Carolina's Luke Maye (32) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Duke forward Zion Williamson holds his knee after injuring himself and damaging his shoe during the opening moments of the game in the first half on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images)
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 20: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after falling as his shoe breaks against Luke Maye #32 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 20: A detailed view of the shoe worn by Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DURHAM, NC - FEBRUARY 20: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils picks up his broken shoe in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 20, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke's Zion Williamson sits on the floor following an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina, in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in college basketball. As his Nike shoe blew out, Williamson sprained his right knee on the first possession of what became top-ranked Duke's 88-72 loss to No. 8 North Carolina. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
A trainer holds Duke's Zion Williamson's shoes after Williamson left the game due to an injury during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina in Durham, N.C., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake. All because of a freak injury to arguably the most exciting player in college basketball. As his Nike shoe blew out, Williamson sprained his right knee on the first possession of what became top-ranked Duke's 88-72 loss to No. 8 North Carolina. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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That didn’t stop current and former NBA players from putting the NCAA on blast, noting that Williamson was playing for free on Wednesday and might be better off shutting it down for the rest of the season.

Puma, desperate to break into the basketball sneaker business, took the opportunity to take a jab at Nike before realizing Williamson was injured and realizing that their timing might not have been the best.

This tweet has been deleted. But, of course, the internet never forgets.

Ummmm…

Then there was Duke basketball alum Carlos Boozer who wished Utah’s Zion National Park Service to “Get Well Soon.”

The National Park Service took full advantage of the opportunity for exposure.

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