The NBA's Zion Williamson obsession attracts critics when Pelicans get the sport for Christmas Day
Zion Williamson enters his second NBA season as the cornerstone of one of the league's most promising squads.
In his 2019-20 injury-related debut, he averaged 22.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in less than 28 minutes per competition. Now he's healthy and seems ready for a monster campaign. The pelicans, armed with a recently enhanced Brandon Ingram, were able to fly with him.
Still, some people were unhappy on Tuesday. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that New Orleans would play against the heat on Christmas Day. They wondered why the NBA is so keen on booking a team that hasn't yet to prove anything to national television. They questioned the star treatment of Williamson, who has been considered the golden child since his professional career. They pouted on social media as fans got excited to see what the pelicans are building.
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Many athletes who experience intense media hype early in their careers are shunned by opposing types who want love to go elsewhere. Williamson has been a national phenomenon since he threw dunks in high school, so weariness is to be expected around his game. He's only played 24 games as a rookie and maybe reinforced the argument that he doesn't deserve that much attention yet.
But the pelicans are more than Williamson. With Ingram, Eric Bledsoe and Lonzo Ball they have the ability to be better than a marketable doormat. A playoff appearance would not be surprising even after Guard Jrue Holiday's recent departure.
But don't tell these people that:
seriously Zion Williamson doesn't even have to watch TV
The NBA keeps forcing him down our throats lol
– ClipperTalk (@ClipperTalk) December 2, 2020
I wonder what the NBA will do if Zion isn't in the top five.
– AZ Guy @ (@ AZ_Guy6) December 2, 2020
It's honestly wild how badly the league would like the average viewer to cling to Zion. I can't remember any young player other than LeBron, who gets that kind of push right away.
– Josh Eberley???????? (@JoshEberley) December 2, 2020