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Zion Williamson explains why he chose to play after injury scare with Duke last February

Zion Williamson

Consensus No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson’s journey to the NBA ran into a speed bump in February when he infamously blew out his shoe and sprained his knee in a highly anticipated game against UNC.

Many people, including current NBA players, advised Williamson to sit out the rest of his lone campaign at Duke to avoid any other injuries that may set him back heading into the NBA Draft. But he chose to return to help Duke in a bid for a national title.

In a special SLAM Online feature of Zion Williamson, the 18-year-old phenom explained why he chose to come back, despite the advise of others to sit out the rest of the season:

“At the end of the day, no matter who the person is, everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I appreciate the input. I really do. It gives me a heads up of where I’m at. But I made a commitment to my brothers. So if I was to sit out, that’d be very selfish on my part,” Zion says. “And I couldn’t do that. Sitting on the sideline and watching your brothers battle without you, knowing you can be affecting the game, it hurts. I made a commitment so I wasn’t going back on my word. So I knew I was coming back the whole time.

“I was very surprised ’cause it turned into something I didn’t even think—that’s the last thing I thought would happen. It wasn’t even a thought. It was probably something we looked at, somebody saying I should sit down—haha, that’s funny. I’m coming back.”

As a fan, you have to love his mindset and loyalty to his team.

Understably, many teams are coveting Zion’s talent along with his crazy athleticism. But it’s also great to see that he has the right attitude to go along with his unreal gifts.

No doubt, Williamson is a franchise-altering prospect and could be one of those once-in-a-generation athletes.