Zion Williamson
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New Orleans Pelicans rookie, Zion Williamson, didn’t have the chance to show on the court as much as he wanted and as much as we expected. He has played in just 19 games this season with the Pelicans in which he averaged 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 58.9% from the field. 

A knee injury kept him out, but quarantine has been the perfect opportunity for him to work on that and get back in perfect shape. When there is a will, there is a way and Williamson knows that very well.

“Honestly, I’m ready now,” Williamson said. “I’ve been staying in shape, working on myself and just staying ready. You never know when the time is going to come when they’re going to say, ‘All right, let’s resume.’ I don’t want to have to look around at my teammates and say, ‘Sorry, guys, I’m not ready.’ So I’m staying ready for my teammates.”

Williamson is working hard during the quarantine, spending much time shooting since he has a hoop at his house in New Orleans. According to ESPN, “The Pelicans have sent workout equipment to players’ houses, and they are participating in Zoom workouts with the team’s strength and conditioning staff.”

Besides his quarantine workouts, Zion found some time and watched Michael Jordan’s documentary series “The Last Dance”.

“When I started watching Mike, it was just, even though I wasn’t alive when he was doing those things, it just captured me. Everything he did was just incredible. His highlights are like, ‘Man, somebody was doing all that?’ And the way he flew through the air, dunked on pretty much anybody, his midrange shot, his playmaking, his defensive ability – everything he brought to the table. And the one thing he said that really stands out to me is, he plays like somebody’s watching him for the first time, and he doesn’t want to disappoint.”