- NBA: All that Zion Williamson's injury means
The weight of Zion Williamson remains a topic of total relevance in the NBA, more after the meniscus operation to which he was submitted number 1 of the last draft and which will have approximately two months in the dry dock. Charles Barkley, who is already critical of the new Pelicans player, has returned to the charge.
The always controversial former player spoke in the previous meeting that opened the 2019/2020 season, between the Pelicans and the Raptors, and took the opportunity to reaffirm the situation of Williamson. "I weighed 134 kilos and I could jump and be explosive, but I couldn't work as much as I wanted, so I had to lose 22 kilos to be in my best shape . I don't think Zion can play for long periods of time if it's still 129 kilos You need a personal trainer to tell you what your ideal weight is, "he argued.
However, a while earlier it was the New Orleans franchise itself that went out to Quito, ensuring that the weight - it is the second with more kilos in the league, behind Marjanovic - of his rookie had nothing to do with the right knee injury. The Pelicans executive vice president, David Griffin , rejected the theory of overweight.
Griffin said that making theories about the weight and physique of Williamson is wrong, since it is a player with very special physical characteristics and what the team does is work hard to know them and can develop them to the fullest. He recalled that he was a player of just 19 years and therefore would be a learning experience for everyone .
"Zion is a phenomenon of nature , which is in an elite condition and remains in an elite condition," Griffin said. In addition, he recalled that Williamson was not the first rookie who was injured before the regular season began and that in his case he will lose several months, but others such as power forward Blake Griffin, with Los Angeles Clippers, was out The whole season and the same happened to the Australian base Ben Simmons, with the Philadelphia Sixers.
The manager of the Pelicans said that the team had great confidence in all the young squad he has formed and that his philosophy will be to run a marathon not to compete in a speed test.
Griffin also reiterated that despite Williamson's absence, everyone within the Pelicans was convinced that they were going to win games despite what is already projected to be their future franchise player.
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