K. Gill says he can’t compare Zion Williamson to Barkley, Kemp or Johnson: “Once Zion develops, you’re not going to be able to compare him to anybody”


In an appearance on Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson podcast, ex-NBA and current NBC Sports Chicago’s Bulls analyst, Kendall Gill, spoke about the New Jersey Nets years, COVID-19 awareness, Kobe Bryant’s legacy, playing against MJ, and more.

Gill was asked if the New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson reminds him of either Charles Barkley, Shawn Kemp or Larry Johnson, per Heavy.com:

“He doesn’t play like anyone of those guys, but he has the same body type characteristically of a Larry Johnson being 6’7”. Now he’s about 35 pounds heavier than Larry was, but Larry was an EXTRAORDINARY athlete, okay? But Zion, is a – once in a lifetime athlete the way that he can jump and everything. I think that once Zion develops, you’re not going to be able to compare him to anybody.

And I believe hopefully he’ll lose some weight – he needs to lose about 25-30 pounds so he’s not susceptible to injury the way that he plays jumping up crazy and how explosive he is. But I think he’s going to be his own man. Larry Johnson was the BEST player I ever played with… pre-back injury. If he had not hurt his back, I think he would’ve gone down as one of the greatest power forwards of all time. I think Zion can get there if he stays healthy,” Gill said.

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