Kendrick Perkins calls Zion Williamson a ‘superstar’ after incredible act of kindness
New Orleans Pelicans high-flyer Zion Williamson is on his rookie NBA deal, and yet he’s pledged to pay the salaries of all Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days as the NBA suspends play because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Former NBA big man and current ESPN personality Kendrick Perkins says Williamson just continues to show characteristics of a true “superstar,” both on and off the court:
Zion is just doing what Zion does well and that’s being a SUPERSTAR ON and OFF the Court!!! Future face of the NBA for many reasons. Salute young brother. 💪🏾
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) March 13, 2020
Even though Williamson is projected to make $44.2 million in total money over his first four seasons in the NBA with the Pelicans, this was an amazing gesture by the 19-year-old.
Also, we have to keep in mind that players could lose out on money because of the hiatus, although nothing has been set in stone yet on that matter.
How lucky are the Pelicans to have Williamson be the face of their franchise in the post-Anthony Davis era? It’s not every day you can replace one Hall of Fame talent with another, but that’s exactly what the Pelicans were able to pull off last summer.
Hopefully, the 2019-20 NBA season starts back up again, as Pelicans and basketball fans as a whole were really enjoying watching Williamson play. Zion is averaging 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists through his first 19 professional games.