August 8, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Zion Williamson fires again at the rumors that circulated round him this previous season
  • Williamson thanks the Pelicans group for providing steerage all through
  • His deal may go as excessive as $231 million

The New Orleans Pelicans have signed younger famous person Zion Williamson to the utmost rookie extension in a press convention in entrance of the media, with the participant having some phrases to those that have doubted his dedication to the franchise.

A clip of the press convention was posted on the dialogue web site Reddit, the place Williamson took time to deal with the rumors that surrounded him on the time.

“The previous couple of months have been a rollercoaster of feelings. I felt it probably the most from my household as a result of from the start of the season, I informed the world ‘for those who ever wish to know if I wish to be right here, simply ask me.’ However as a substitute of asking me, the world simply ran with narratives and my household was going out in public they usually’re getting harassed by folks and why we don’t like New Orleans or why I don’t wish to be right here when. That’s not the case in any respect,” Williamson mentioned to open up his assertion.

He lamented the truth that he needed to miss all the season attributable to a damaged foot and the heights that the staff has reached with out him taking part in on the ground.

“Each time I examine my cellphone, there’s at all times one thing destructive. Even whenever you attempt to make positives out of the state of affairs, it was powerful… My household, the Pels (Pelicans group), Ms. Benson (Pelicans proprietor), they have been at all times there,” Williamson later added.

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Williamson would go on to say how Pelicans basic supervisor David Griffin and head coach Willie Inexperienced would name him into his workplace to clear issues out amid the rumors that hounded him for a lot of the season.

Murmurs began flying round when the 2021-22 season started that Williamson needed out of New Orleans and to affix an enormous market staff just like the New York Knicks for varied causes which included him getting extra media consideration.

To Williamson’s credit score, he has been refuting these rumors for the reason that begin of the season when given the chance to take action.

The issue then was that majority have been leaning in direction of believing the rumors since Williamson was not in a position to play attributable to his foot points.

With him being given the platform to talk his thoughts the place everyone in attendance would acknowledge his feedback, Williamson successfully shut down all rumors of his obvious disdain for the New Orleans franchise.

The Pelicans gave the Phoenix Suns a run for his or her cash within the playoffs earlier than bowing out, and there’s no telling how far they might go together with a wholesome Williamson on board.

It was additionally reported that Williamson’s five-year deal may go as excessive as $231 million if the participant hits milestones set by the group.

Ought to Williamson and many of the stars within the Western Convention stay wholesome, NBA followers could also be handled to the return of the massacre that it was again within the 2000s.

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New Orleans Pelicans ahead Zion Williamson capturing a free throw throughout an NBA sport. Photograph: Getty Photographs/Joe Murphy

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