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Monday, September 16, 2019

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Report: Zion Williamson had ‘positive meeting’ with Pelicans

Zion Williamson

There has been a lot of talk about Zion Williamson being disappointed that the New Orleans Pelicans have the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, but it sounds like the reports the night of the draft lottery were exaggerated.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Williamson had a “positive meeting” with the Pelicans this week. Not only that, but he indicated before the draft that he believes New Orleans would be a good place to begin his NBA career.

Many people think Williamson wanted to play for the New York Knicks, and he supposedly had a negative reaction when the Pelicans were unveiled as the team picking at No. 1. Even if Williamson was hoping to wind up in New York, it likely won’t be long before he gets used to the idea of playing in New Orleans.

One thing is for sure — Pelicans fans could not be more excited to root for Williamson next season and beyond. The amount of tickets they sold after the draft lottery made that pretty clear. Williamson should feel plenty welcome with his new team.

Sean Payton wastes no time recruiting Zion Williamson to Saints

Sean Payton

Like LeBron James, Zion Williamson is the type of freak athlete who could probably excel at just about any sport he tried to play. He certainly has the body type to match up with opponents on the football field, and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has taken note of that.

When the Pelicans landed the top spot in the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night, it seemed like only a matter of time before someone began recruiting Williamson to play two sports in New Orleans. Payton got in on the fun on Wednesday.

Williamson is listed at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds. For comparison, Rob Gronkowski is 6-foot-6 and weighed about 265 pounds when he was playing for the New England Patriots. There is obviously a lot more to excelling at a professional sport than physical makeup, but you get the point.

If you remember, one former Saints player said years ago that he believes LeBron would break records in the New Orleans offense. Payton was in charge of that offense then and still is now. What do you say, Zion?

Report: Zion Williamson was hoping for Knicks to win draft lottery

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson has been great in his dealings with the media about not tipping his hand regarding his preference of which NBA team he wanted to play for. But one report says he had a preference, and it did not come through the way he had hoped.

According to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears, Williamson was hoping the New York Knicks would win the draft lottery.

Instead, the Knicks ended up with the No. 3 overall pick, while the New Orleans Pelicans won the top pick.

Any team that won the lottery has been expected to take Williamson with the top pick, as he’s believed to be the best player in the draft class. He’s also a huge ticket draw, just like this video could tell you.

Even if he had his preference, it probably won’t take long for Williamson to get used to the idea of playing for the Pelicans. Now that they have a new front office person in charge in David Griffin, they should be on a much better path moving forward. Williamson is a great starting point.

Zion Williamson hoping to get drafted by Atlanta Hawks?

Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is an extremely polished young player, deft with handling the media and answering difficult questions. And while he’s already professional in interviews and with reporters, he may have inadvertently tipped his preference about what NBA team he would like to play for.

Williamson was in Chicago for the NBA draft lottery and walked across the line of podiums set up for the teams in the lottery. He did something notable upon seeing the Atlanta Hawks logo, giving it a double tap.

That didn’t seem to be accidental. He was looking at each one as he walked by and gave the tap specifically for the Hawks.

Atlanta had the 5th-worst record in the league and a 10.5 percent chance of winning the top pick, where they would be able to get Williamson. They have John Collins and Trae Young, and Williamson, the former Duke star from South Carolina, would fit in perfectly with them.

Blue Jays pitcher compares Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to Zion Williamson

Vladimir Guerrero Jr

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s MLB debut Friday night was a huge event in Toronto, and one Blue Jay had a rather apt comparison for it.

Pitcher Marcus Stroman, who started the game and pitched seven outstanding innings, compared it to playing with future NBA phenom Zion Williamson.

“It’s like having Zion Williamson on your team; it’s like a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent,” Stroman said, via ESPN. “So just to have the opportunity to play with him, it’s amazing to look out there and see him behind me at third base. I think he’s gonna give us a huge little edge, and just, like I said, just carry this momentum from this win into every other start.”

Guerrero paid tribute to his father on arrival, then set up a walk-off homer with his first MLB hit, a double in the ninth. The hype generated by his debut is certainly comparable to Zion-mania, and there’s a lot of excitement to see what kind of numbers Guerrero can put up.

Watch: Zion Williamson dunks for couple’s baby gender reveal

Zion Williamson gender reveal

When it comes to baby gender reveals, this one may top them all.

Nolan Burg works for Duke athletics and used his connections to orchestrate a great gender reveal. He and his wife Danielle got Blue Devils star Zion Williamson to dunk a ball that was coordinated with the mascot releasing blue and white confetti to show they were having a boy.

If you ask me, everything in life is better with Zion Williamson involved, and that includes gender reveals. Maybe he can offer that service to others.

That was probably our favorite sports-related gender reveal since Joey Logano’s awesome one.

Zion Williamson officially declares for NBA Draft

Zion Williamson

As everyone expected, Zion Williamson is going pro.

In a video posted to his Instagram page, Williamson thanked Duke, coach Mike Krzyzewski, and his mother before officially declaring for the NBA Draft.

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Thank you Duke#thebrotherhood

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Everyone saw this coming, and Williamson came close to confirming it after Duke was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. In his only season at Duke, he averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, sweeping the Wooden, Naismith, and AP Player of the Year awards.

Williamson will be the heavy favorite to become the first overall pick in June’s NBA Draft. The lottery will be held on May 14, and it may determine his destination.