In a prestigious basketball league such as the NBA, a colossal frame could either be a curse or a gift, depending on the player’s role. For example, in the talked-about case of Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans marquee player who has been dealing with concerns about his excess weight, it could still go either way as he’s still in the formative stage of his promising career.
Are we looking at the next LeBron?
Upon turning pro, Williamson became one of the most exciting players in the league because of his incredible athleticism and scoring ability. On top of that, many believe that the former No. 1 overall pick has the potential to change the NBA’s landscape if he can use his plus-size body to his advantage efficiently. Sort of like how LeBron James did when he revolutionized the playmaker role as an athletic 6-foot-8 player.
That is exactly how renowned nutritionist and NBA life optimization coach David Nurse sees Williamson’s future. However, Nurse strongly suggests that Zion will have to regularly check a weight-gain calculator as he evidently tends to “balloon up” quicker than other players his age.
“He’s sort of built like a LeBron James-type. But whether he can be highly effective in the NBA with that body type will come down to his commitment to himself,” Nurse said of Williamson via SB Nation. “He needs to understand nutrition and every little aspect of taking care of himself. He has a body type that could very easily balloon up.”
Addressing the issue sooner rather than later
Well aware of the looming dilemmas that Williamson’s weight issues could bring, the entire Pelicans organization has been hands-on in trying to address it since the day they signed the former Duke star. After several attempts to resolve the problem, New Orleans was prompted to include it in Williamson’s latest contract.
Reports stated that Williamson’s new deal “stipulates that he will have weigh-ins periodically throughout the entirety of his new deal. The sum of his weight and body fat percentage must be below 295. If it is not, the amount of guaranteed money in Williamson’s contract can be reduced.”
All told, it’s safe to say that pressure is mounting for Williamson as he has to accomplish two major things heading into the new season. First, he must comply with the agreed weight written on his contract of suffer losing a portion of his massive contract. More importantly, Zion should be able to deliver as his main task is to help the Pelicans win games.