After months of waiting, Zion Williamson is finally healthy and ready to be unleashed in the upcoming NBA season. His promise in the recent press conference gave the fans a reason to be excited and a cause of concern for the medical staff.
I'm always dunking. Come on, man!
When healthy, Williamson is a top NBA player. But availability is the best ability. The critics say Zion needs to slim down or change his playing style that's more forgiving to his troublesome knees and feet. But the forward remains adamant: he will continue to be the Willaimson that fans grew to love.
," Let me lay this ball in; hopefully my career will last longer. No, I'm thinking about putting that person through the rim. So, as far as me dunking, that's going to always happen. That's going to stay happening, no matter what (team trainers and management) are talking about. I'm always dunking. Come on, man!"
That's good news to New Orleans Pelicans fans. The young star is raring to go back, confident, and vows to go hard every time. But is it wise for the former Duke Blue Devil to be saying such things, given he just signed a max deal with the Pelicans?
Risks lie ahead for Zion and the Pelicans
The Pelicans rewarded Zion with a five-year deal worth up to $231 million. It also includes perks if the power forward earns an All-Star berth. However, the deal raised some eyebrows because of Williamson's injury history. But the front office sent the message loud and clear: the key to the franchise has been handed to their young talent, and the team will go as far as Zion goes. Or, more appropriately, the Pelicans will go as far as his knees go.
Hopefully, Zion will make some adjustments. It's clear what he did before didn't work. Fans are crossing their fingers that he won't be the next Derrick Rose, who failed to rediscover his old self after suffering many injuries.
Williamson needs to add more offense to his game so that he wouldn't have to rely on his athleticism to score. Some post-up moves or a consistent outside jumper could do wonders in his career and the Pelicans' overall success in the upcoming seasons.
It will be exciting to see how a healthy and focused Zion Williamson could push New Orleans next season. The fans have waited long enough. The front office has given their support. It's now time for Zion to repay that love and trust.