While New Orleans Pelicans fans will miss seeing their No. 1 overall pick in action, it could be a blessing in disguise according to the phenom's college coach, Mike Krzyzewski, who wondered whether the kid should have been out there at all.
Zion Williamson's NBA Summer League experience ended after one half of basketball. His former coach Mike Krzyzewski thinks he never should've played to begin with https://t.co/7VzDjsUYnH pic.twitter.com/uX4R4fM48a— Forbes SportsMoney (@ForbesSports) July 12, 2019
Coach K boldly stated that his former Duke standout was not in any condition to be competing at the next level quite yet given all the new and imposing distractions in his life, saying that he "thought really he never should've played just because he's been on this circuit of awards, the ESPYs, everything. I don't think he's in the playing shape or the mental shape to play."
And it seems that some fans agree.
(Side note: at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, Williamson has a BMI of 32.1, which technically makes him “obese.” However, this type of measurement should be taken with not just a grain of salt, but a massive boulder of it considering that the BMI system does not make any special allowance for muscle mass, which Zion has an obvious ton of.)
No matter what your opinions are on Zion's pro projections, it certainly did not slow him down at all against NBA-level competition over a small sample size.
Zion Williamson did not want Kevin Knox to have this basketball. pic.twitter.com/8YPj0VF3G5— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) July 6, 2019
Tune out the haters, Zion, do your thing! Your college coach will be among the loudest voices cheering you on.