Zion Williamson impressed for his NBA debut. - Gerald Herbert / AP / SIPA
He was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint: for his debut in the NBA on Wednesday, three months after a right knee operation, the phenomenon of New Orleans Zion Williamson marked the spirits with his 22 points in just 18 minutes of Game.
Furious when he was called back to the bench
New Orleans lost at home to San Antonio 121 to 117, but the Pelicans' supporters wore a big smile after the defeat, 28th of the season, of their favorite team. They witnessed the great NBA debut of the one who is presented as the new LeBron James and who could lead "NOLA" to unsuspected heights.
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Williamson, first choice in the 2019 Draft after a single season in the ranks of the prestigious Duke University, had to work his brakes for three months, the time that his meniscus of the right knee, operated on October 21, left him in peace . The 19-year-old winger waited until the start of the second quarter to score his first basket. He was then irresistible as his line of statistics proves: 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a 100% three-point (4 of 4), unheard of in NBA history for the first game of a "rookie".
Williamson (1.98 m, 129 kg) mostly ignited during the 4th quarter, scoring 17 consecutive points in less than four minutes, before his coach called him back on the bench on the advice of his medical staff. "He was not happy," smiled Alvin Gentry. "What we saw this Wednesday evening is only a glimpse of what he can do once he has made his mark," continued the coach of "NOLA". The interested party still did not digest having followed the end of the match from the bench of the substitutes: "I am 19 years old, I do not think of my longevity, but to gain this match", he assénén.
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