Mike Krzyzewski knows how Zion Williamson should be looking when out on the court, which is why he doesn’t think he should’ve ever stepped foot on the court during the NBA Summer League.
The Duke Blue Devils head coach recently spoke to Forbes and explained why he didn’t think Williamson was ready to step on the court so soon after being selected No. 1 overall by the Pelicans.
“No, I thought really he never should’ve played just because he’s been on this circuit of awards, the ESPYs, everything,” he said. “I don’t think he’s in the playing shape or the mental shape to play.”
Krzyzewski is hardly the first person to bring up Williamson playing weight, as ESPN’s Seth Greenberg stated on Thursday’s First Take that the Pelicans rookie sensation is “not in shape” and looks “significantly overweight” since he last played for Duke.
Williamson’s summer stint lasted just nine minutes because he would suffer a bruised knee after making contact with New York Knicks rookie and former Duke teammate RJ Barrett.
Williamson won’t see the court again for the Pelicans in the summer league, so he has a little over three months to get back in peak physical condition before the 2019-20 season begins.