Coach Ok: Zion Williamson wasn’t in form to play Summer time League


Zion Williamson’s NBA Summer time League marketing campaign lasted simply 9 minutes. His former Duke coach doesn’t suppose he ought to’ve been taking part in in any respect.

“I believed actually he by no means ought to’ve performed simply because he’s been on this circuit of awards, the ESPYs, every part,” Mike Krzyzewski informed Forbes on the Peach Jam. “I don’t suppose he’s in taking part in form or the psychological form to play.”

Williamson scored 11 factors throughout his brief stint towards the Knicks, notably ripping the ball out of Kevin Knox II’s fingers to arrange a thunderous dunk. Nonetheless, he injured his knee throughout the first half, prompting the Pelicans to close him down for the remainder of Summer time League.

Listed at six-foot-seven and 285 kilos, Williamson turned the second-heaviest participant within the league the second he was drafted first total, behind seven-foot-three Boban Marjanovic.

Some analysts, together with ESPN’s Seth Greenberg, have raised issues about Williamson’s weight and health, fearing it could result in extra accidents. Williamson missed six video games final season at Duke attributable to a knee damage.

“My concern isn’t about his sport, my concern is about his physique,” Greenberg mentioned Thursday. “I imply, you may’t enhance until you’re in form, and he’s not in form.

“Watching him within the Summer time League, he performed 9 minutes. Look, he ripped the ball out of Kevin Knox’s fingers, that’s nice. He couldn’t transfer. He couldn’t transfer. And in the long run, if he’s going to have an extended profession… When [Charles] Barkley was at his best, he obtained in world-class form. And it’s nothing to do along with his weight. To me, it has to do along with his conditioning. And proper now, he’s in situation to get damage, to not be an incredible participant.”

Nonetheless, Williamson’s damage doesn’t seem like critical. Pelicans government VP David Griffin mentioned the choice to carry out their prized asset throughout exhibition video games was purely precautionary.

“Zion will transfer ahead from this problem with out incident,” Griffin mentioned. “Nonetheless, in an abundance of warning, we’ve got made the willpower that he is not going to seem in sport motion for the rest of the NBA Summer time League. He’ll proceed to participate in coaching and conditioning with our efficiency crew.”

“Yeah, he’s OK,” Krzyzewski mentioned.