Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson ‘staying in shape,’ ready to play now
The 2019-20 NBA season could start tomorrow and New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson would be ready to play.
During an interview with TNT’s Ernie Johnson on the NBA’s Twitter feed, Williamson said he’s been staying in shape and shooting shots at his hoop in his New Orleans home, where he has stayed throughout the quarantine.
“Honestly, I’m ready now,” Zion Williamson said. “I’ve been staying in shape. Working on myself and just staying ready. You never know when the time is going to come when they’re going to say, ‘All right, let’s resume.’
“I don’t want to have to look around at my teammates and say, ‘Sorry guys, I’m not ready.’ So, I’m staying ready for my teammates.”
Williamson missed the beginning of his pro career after undergoing a left knee surgery to address a meniscus issue. Since making his NBA debut against the San Antonio Spurs though, the Pelicans youngster has been simply phenomenal.
Through the first 19 games of his NBA career, Williamson has averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Pelicans. New Orleans went 10-9 with Williamson in the lineup and became one of the most intriguing teams to watch with the playoff races heating up prior to the season getting suspended.
The NBA was forced to suspend play after Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19.
The Pelicans were in 10th place in the Western Conference standings before the season was suspended. The team had a record of 28-36. As long as he stays healthy and in shape, Williamson has all the tools to dominate the NBA for the next decade or so.