Zion Williamson finally made it to the NBA and already played his first game in the Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans, but his participation was cut short due to a bruised knee, which is going to keep him sidelined for the rest of the competition.
Pelicans VP of basketball operations David Griffin stated that the player was ‘precautionary’ sidelined for the rest of the Summer League and there is no motive to be worried about his health.
Now that injuries started to appear in Williamson’s career, many people have started to wonder how his career will develop if his body doesn’t help him and if he doesn’t take care of it.
College basketball coach-turned-analyst Seth Greenberg discussed Zion’s current situation on ESPN’s Get Up!, explaining that he’s worried about the Duke product’s long-term health. Greenberg broke down that Williamson’s weight can play a major role in his development and can be a factor in the player’s future injuries.
When Greenberg was asked if he had concerns about Zion’s career, Greenberg said:
“My concern isn’t about his game, my concern is about his body,” Greenberg said. “You can’t improve unless you’re in shape and he is not in shape.”
“Whatever his weight is, it’s significantly overweight.”
“He has greater chances of being injured in Summer League because the running, the 24 second clock, the physicality of the game is different. Zion Williamson needs to understand all that goes along with being an NBA player. He’s got to work on his trait, and to get to work on his trait, he needs to work on his body. I have no concerns about his game. I think he’s going to be a terrific player, but he’s not in shape.
“You can’t improve and play at that level a hundred games with the 24 second clock until you get in shape.”
Even though the analyst kind of changed his stance by saying Williamson’s weight isn’t necessarily an issue and that he only needs to get in shape, the general consensus is that he needs to do something with his body if he aspires to be the superstar plenty of people think he’s going to be in the league.