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CHARLOTTE – They stand in elbow-to-elbow with steps surrounding the tunnel of players at the Spectrum Center, some of them surprising for a viewing angle, the other is holding cell phones high on their heads.

Not often a conference tournament makes a "remember where you are" moments, especially before the game starts. But there's a lot of energy Thursday night here at the ACC tournament, one also followed Zion Williamson from her first appearing onto the floor at the first glistening, over-rim dunk that revealed her health return to her last tally of 29 points and 14 rebounds in 84-72 wins in the Duke in Syracuse. "Bro, you did not miss it," Duke guard RJ Barrett told a laughing Williamson as he picked up a box score on the news postgame conference, causing Williamson to cover his face in the copy before him .

In fact, he did not make

After six games lost in the three week stretch that triggered of a national debate if Williamson should play again This season, the most exciting basketball player in the college of the decade did not just go back on Thursday from a knee injury the way most people returned from a knee injury.

Like everything that Williamson has since his college career, is a supersized, non-world, 13-for-13 comeback designed to drop the jaws and give dry NBA executives in May 14 draft lottery that promises to change the direction of a franchise and leave some others cursing their fate.

is never any pressure to hurry back to you when I'm ready, "Williamson said, adding that he was not considering shutting himself down for the time." I was ready for a few days past and it's good to get back. "

Williamson's performance after a 22-day layoff will not only remind everyone why the Duke grew to No. 1 in February and looked like the national championship favorite when it was completely

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Due to Williamson, it is not just the unique body, the force in which he can finish around the rim or his occasional flash of skill in the perimeter. Williamson, somewhat simple, wants to play – a simple yet essential element of the entire package that he brings to a basketball team, and one that gets lost on most Twitter shouting to him to shut it down after his left Nike was exploded in February. 20.

"I wanted to get out of every game," Williamson says. "I see my brothers fighting and want to quarrel with them.

" Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but I know that I will come back all the time. "

Of course, if he is coming back, it will have different pair of shoes than Nike PG 2.5 separated from the seams, which is an interesting subplot on its own.

Earlier Thursday, the Duke posted a photo of Williamson These are not your usual, off-the-rack sneakers.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told the day after the game of North Carolina , Nike sent "their top people" to find out what had happened and then went to China to personally manage manufacturing a stronger, more robust version. He also said that they also assured Williamson of his shoes often, while they suspect the wear and tears of using the same pair of shoes in the couple the games have contributed to them coming under the weight of £ 285 Williamson

"They go back inside a week with others & # 39 different alternatives to make sure it's done right, "Krzyzewski said.

"We have a close relationship, we think it's the best shoe or we are with them."

Williamson said: "Shoes are incredible in this game." [19659025] Autoplay

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