Zion Williamson was considered the next LeBron James when he first came to the league. The hype surrounding this youngster was so immense that the New Orleans Pelicans decided to frame their entire roster around this player. However, due to injuries affecting his gameplay, Williamson was ruled out for the entire 2021-22 season, which certainly won’t be easily digested by the NBA for TNT members Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley.
Despite not having the services of Zion Williamson, the Pelicans managed a significant and impactful run to the playoffs, where they fought valiantly against the regular season’s best team, the Phoenix Suns. With Zion present, would Ingram and CJ McCollum have been able to take NOLA deeper into the playoffs?
Charles Barkley and Shaq on Zion Williamson
The two great men of the NBA Hall of Fame on TNT offered Zion Williamson and his peers advice on how to improve it. Charles Barkley compared his predicament to Los Angeles Lakers’ Anthony Davis, who is also notorious for being constantly injured.
He said, “Zion needs to look in the mirror… because it’s the same with Anthony Davis. You can’t be hurt all the time. Injuries happen… Screw your family, the coaches, your friends, you have to want to be a great player yourself. And he has to be like, “Yo man, I was in the NBA (and) I got hurt every year.” and I say the same with Anthony Davis. Davis is a really, really talented player, but he never came close to realizing his potential.”
NOLA now has plenty of time to think about how they would like to string their team for the coming 2022/23 season. Given that Williamson is set to return in full form, the Pelicans youngster would need to lose a great deal of weight to be among the top youngsters in the league. Also, he would have to restore his authority, which certainly, as many would suspect, would not be the same as before.
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