No person desires to say it, as a result of no one desires to suppose it. Even so, right here’s the reality about Zion Williamson, the speak of the NBA preseason after the league’s No. 1 total decide on this previous draft at 6-foot-6 and 285 kilos flashed indicators of changing into Rookie of the 12 months, Most Useful Participant and King of the Earth.
He’s too heavy.
He’s too fragile.
Principally, he’s too inclined to that mixture forcing him to take a seat greater than dribble with the New Orleans Pelicans this season and past.
That’s, if there’s a “past” for Zion as an NBA participant.
Really, he’s additionally iffy for this season.
Pelicans officers declare in any other case, in fact, particularly since they’ve bought greater than 12,000 season tickets for the primary time in a decade.
They introduced Monday that regardless of Zion present process arthroscopic surgical procedure on his proper knee to deal with a torn meniscus suffered throughout an unspecified preseason recreation this month, he’ll return together with his energy recreation and his potential to trigger followers to burst into tears simply by giving them his autograph.
They are saying Zion will miss six to eight weeks, which interprets into 20 to 27 video games, together with Monday’s opener in Toronto for the Pelicans, however they are saying he’ll return by their recreation on Christmas Day in Denver.
Good luck with that.
Even when Zion backs off the jambalaya, he’s bought an even bigger downside: He’s damage inclined, and that not often leaves an athlete.
Simply ask Greg Oden, one other No. 1 total decide within the NBA Draft. He was chosen in 2007 by the Portland Path Blazers, however courtesy of varied knee points, he performed zero minutes as a rookie. In reality, on basketball-reference.com, he’s listed as “didn’t play” after three of his 5 (barely) NBA seasons.
As for Zion’s damage historical past, right here’s the quick record . . .
Then got here Zion’s newest knee problem, which Griffin and different Pelicans officers imagine occurred in a preseason recreation on October 13 in opposition to San Antonio, however they admit they’re guessing.
That is for certain: In comparison with Oden throughout his NBA days, Zion is six inches shorter and 35 kilos heavier.
Not good, and neither is that this . . .
Should you add that injury-prone factor to Zion rating because the third-heaviest participant within the NBA behind Boban Marjanovic of the Dallas Mavericks at 29o kilos and Tacko Falls of the Boston Celtics at 289 kilos, you possibly can neglect about Zion becoming a member of Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Floyd Mayweather in incomes $1 billion as an athlete.
Oh, and no method Zion spends sometime difficult Andrew Jackson (you realize, The Battle of New Orleans), Drew Brees or whoever invented gumbo within the class of Louisiana’s all-time favourite particular person.
King of the Earth?
Williamson received’t even change into the best participant ever for the Pelicans, they usually weren’t shaped till two years after Zion was born on July 6, 2000.
To save lots of you the mathematics, Zion is 19, which suggests he theoretically has time to perform all of these issues and extra.
However Zion’s physique received’t let him.