Celtics star Jayson Tatum thinks Zion Williamson should play if he’s healthy
The big question since Zion Williamson tore his Nike shoe and got injured is if he should play the rest of the season. If he does and injury strikes again, his draft stock could plummet.
That is a statement brought to the public eye via Brian Robb of 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Tatum on Zion: “If he’s healthy, he should play. I know he wants to play.”
— Brian Robb (@BrianTRobb) March 13, 2019
This injury brings a very interesting issue to light. Zion Williamson wants to play, just as any other high level athlete would. But it might not be financially worth it to risk another injury. It is not often that there is a notable tank job for a chance to pick one guy like there is now.
According to reports, Williamson is expected to be back soon, though it remains to be seen how Duke will manage him as he returns from injury.
It feels like forever since this injury happened, probably even longer than that for Duke fans. In the games following the blown out shoe, the Blue Devils are 3-3 — leaving little question that the team could really use Williamson back for the tournament.
Jayson Tatum is a former Blue Devil himself, so the success might be a little bias towards the school that would have become his Alma mater. To be fair, Tatum also knows the other side: he too entered the draft after only a year of college.
Zion Williamson is in a very tough situation. He is likely to become the top pick and be financially set up well. Though the competitive nature of athletes makes it hard to believe that waiting is the route he will take.