Zion Williamson argues Lakers’ LeBron James doesn’t get enough respect
New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is set to face the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in the 2019-20 NBA season. The moment has finally come where he gets to square off against one of his idols in forward LeBron James.
Despite now being 35 years old, James is still regarded as arguably the best player in the world. Regardless, Zion Williamson still feels that he is deserving of more praise, via Yahoo Sports:
“I used to watch him all the time, especially when he was in Cleveland the first time, he was just an incredible player to watch, he always held his own.
“Sometimes I feel he doesn’t get the respect he deserves but it’s not for me to decide.”
James has long been considered to be at the top of the list of the greatest players in NBA history. The numbers he has put up on a consistent basis ever since he came into the league has been unparalleled by anyone else in his generation. Zion Williamson knows this.
Of course, success can sometimes be a double-edged sword in that James has raised the expectations so high that even the most spectacular feats have seemingly been downplayed by his own greatness. Regardless, it is clear that the impact he has made on the game of basketball is reflected in the next generation of NBA superstars, featuring Zion Williamson.
There are plenty of similarities between James and Zion Williamson as two of the most physically-gifted athletes to come into the NBA over the last two decades. Each have managed to transcend the tremendous hype that was built around them as rookies. It seems Williamson is doing what he can to ensure that James’ efforts do not go unnoticed while he is still playing.