Zion Williamson’s affinity for New York Metropolis isn’t precisely one thing new. Williamson had reportedly been rooting for the New York Knicks to win the lottery when he was coming into the 2019 NBA Draft solely to see the New Orleans Pelicans make a stunning leap to get the No. 1 total decide. Because the Pelicans confronted the Knicks on Sunday, Williamson once more talked about how a lot he loves enjoying in New York, calling it his favourite place to play outdoors of New Orleans.
Williamson is having a breakout second season within the NBA, and he continued his terrific yr by ending with 34 factors, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists because the Pelicans fell to the Knicks in time beyond regulation. When requested about what it was wish to play in New York after the sport, Williamson put a giant smile on his face and referred to as the town the ‘mecca of basketball.’
Right here’s the complete quote from Williamson:
I’m glad you requested that truly. New York is the mecca of basketball. I like enjoying right here. I performed right here in school, and that is my first time enjoying right here within the professionals. This environment, whether or not they’re cheering for you, whether or not they’re booing for you, it’s wonderful. Truthfully, I feel outdoors of New Orleans clearly, I feel this could be my favourite place to play, outdoors of New Orleans. I can’t mislead you.
Whereas Knicks followers had been heartbroken to see the staff land the No. 3 decide within the 2019 lottery, Williamson might need been simply as upset. He was reportedly ‘rooting’ for the Knicks to land the No. 1 decide so he might begin his profession in New York, based on reporter Marc Spears.
Williamson performed in Madison Sq. Backyard as soon as in school when his Duke Blue Devils knocked off Texas Tech in a Dec. non-conference sport. After that sport, Williamson stated he would like to play for the Knicks, however famous that he didn’t actually care the place he ended up within the NBA.
“In the event that they draft me, I’d like to play for the Knicks,” Williamson stated. “I don’t actually care the place I’m going. Simply the expertise of being within the NBA, whoever desires me and whoever sees essentially the most in me, that’s the place I wish to be.”
“It could most likely be unbelievable — that is the Backyard,” Williamson stated when requested about enjoying at MSG full-time. “A number of greats have come via right here. My favourite nice to come back via right here was Bernard King. My stepdad talked about him quite a bit, how he simply put the ball within the basket. … I needed to go watch his highlights. … He was unbelievable how he did it.”
Williamson nonetheless has two years left on his rookie contract with the Pelicans. He then would have two choices: signal a max extension with New Orleans for as much as 5 years, or play on the qualifying provide to change into an unrestricted free agent after his fifth professional season. Hardly anybody turns down a max extension coming off their rookie contract, as a result of it’s the primary time gamers can get a mega deal within the NBA, and it takes away any damage danger earlier than cashing in. Williamson has battled damage issues all through his brief profession, however has performed 51 of the Pelicans’ 57 video games this yr.
It’s approach too quickly to begin questioning about Williamson’s future in New Orleans, however let the document present he didn’t hesitate to speak about how a lot he loves enjoying in New York.