The rumors and rumblings around Pelicans forward Zion Williamson have been extremely loud this offseason, with many casting doubts about his future in New Orleans giving so much controversy.
As of right now, it appears the 23-year-old forward will still be with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2019.
While Zion prepares for the upcoming season, a major talking point has been about his inability to stay on the court because of his health.
During a recent appearance on Gil’s Arena this week, Gilbert Arenas asked Williamson if it’s hard to diet at his age and the young star admitted he has struggled with his diet.
“There are times when I say ‘That s— is hard. It’s hard.’ When you’re 20 … 22, a lot of money, feels like all the money in the world man, it is hard,” Williamson said. “I’m at that point now because of certain things, putting back the wisdom around me about certain things, I don’t wanna say they’re older because they get defensive, but I’m just putting people around me with wisdom that are putting me on game with certain things, and just go from there.”
Zion also discussed his offseason plans and how they involve LeBron:
“I would say it’s more of just locking in on flexibility and band work because I think it’s those things that’ll be able to keep me on the court longer than versus just losing a bunch of weight, coming to play and not being able to maintain it,” Williamson said. “Bron got the blueprint, I’m gonna try my best to follow it.”
Injuries have limited LeBron to fewer than 60 games in each of the past three seasons, but he is 38 years old. He also averaged 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 6.8 assists, while also leading L.A. to the Western Conference Finals.
Last season, Zion played in just 29 games. His injuries have prevented him from finding consistency. Since joining the NBA franchise, he has participated in just 114 of the 287 games played by the Pelicans in the last four seasons.
Williamson has played just 39.7 percent of his team’s games.
When healthy, Zion is a force to be reckoned with as he averages 25.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, and an astounding 60.5 percent from the field. If he can ever get his health on point, the Pelicans can be a dangerous team.
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