Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball links up with Zion Williamson for halfcourt alley-oop
It certainly took longer than expected, but New Orleans Pelicans teammates Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson finally hooked up for their first alley-oop of the 2020-21 NBA campaign. The amazing highlight came early in the third quarter of the Pelicans’ road game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Thursday.
Zo had the ball in his hands and was casually crossing half-court when he saw Williamson break free from his defender in the paint. As we’ve seen numerous times last season, Ball threw a picture-perfect lob as Williamson took off from his launching pad and finished off the rest with a thunderous two-handed jam. Here’s the first of the possibly many Zo-Zion connections this year.
First Zo ➡️ Zion of the season
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It took a while for Lonzo Ball and Zion Williamson to connect on the basketball court last season due to the Duke product’s lengthy time off from injury. But it was indeed match-made in heaven once they got the opportunity, as Ball’s elite court-vison and passing ability was the perfect complement to Williamson’s high-flying acts.
Interestingly enough, it took five games for the two Pelicans youngsters to finally connect on their first alley-oop. It certainly couldn’t have come at a much better time, as NOLA tries to bounce back from their blowout defeat to the Phoenix Suns in their last outing.
Zion Williamson looks bouncier as ever this season, after reportedly shedding off some excess pounds he had inside the bubble. The 6-foot-6 athletic marvel is enjoying a strong start to his sophomore season, notching 21.2 points and 9.2 rebounds in New Orleans’ first four contests.
Lonzo Ball, meanwhile, has somehow been overshadowed by his younger brother, Charlotte Hornets’ rookie LaMelo Ball, at the start of the campaign. Still, he’s been solid for the Pelicans so far, tallying 11.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 2.0 steals heading to Thursday’s match. For sure, we’ll see plenty of Ball-Williamson connections in the coming games.