When Zion Williamson got his name called first overall in the 2019 draft, nobody batted an eye. In Duke, Williamson forged an unprecedented legacy that followed him to the NBA.

He was the sure-fire #1 pick… but folks scoffed at the thought of Zion becoming a Pelican.

Rumors surfaced about the Duke star’s apparent unwillingness to play in the city and it was even suggested he might outright refuse to put on the jersey. The young NBA phenom quickly put those rumors to bed in an interview with Complex.

Personally, I’ve always told myself I want to stay with one team. Growing up, I loved what Kobe did and Dirk did, and I think if anybody’s a Michael Jordan fan, they kinda erase the Wizards thing. He still did very well there, but at the end of the day, I don’t think people look at it from the business point of view. Some people want to stay with one team but they get traded. My intentions are to stay with the Pelicans my whole career, but if something happens, I wouldn’t leave because I hate the place. It’s just the business.

Despite the small market and previous front-office failures, Zion seems committed to the Pelicans. Who knows, maybe they will finally get their act together.

The Anthony Davis trade brought them all kinds of new and exciting young players to pair with Williamson, including Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. With these pieces and the picks they’ve acquired, they are set to build a contender for years to come.

Nevertheless, the future remains unpredictable — and in five years, feelings can always change…

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