Pelicans’ Zion Williamson looking forward to playing in the house that Michael Jordan built
Despite a rousing preseason debut with the New Orleans Pelicans, rookie Zion Williamson has been looking forward to his second preseason game, getting to face the Chicago Bulls in the very arena which Michael Jordan made his canvas.
Williamson, who signed with Jordan Brand earlier last month, expressed his emotions when first taking the court and what it means to him to play in such a storied venue:
“This building is obviously special because this man won six rings here – not all six of them here – but he won six banners,” said Zion Williamson of the United Center, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Chicago. “Proud to be part of the Jordan family, so it’s an honor to be able to play on this court.’’
The No. 1 overall pick has high expectations heading into his first year in the league, with some anticipating him as the savior of the franchise after the departure of Anthony Davis. Some have hailed him as the best rookie product since LeBron James, just as James once was hailed as the best since Jordan.
Yet the South Carolina native has taken a humble approach to his first season in the league, looking to learn, observe, and help his team out in the best way he can:
“I think sometimes people can run with unrealistic expectations,” Williamson said. “So with them just helping me gain confidence in being myself it helps a lot.’’
The 6-foot-6 rookie forward posted 16 points in his debut, including three thunderous dunks. More will likely be felt in the stands of the storied United Center on Wednesday night.