Why is Zion sitting?
Ah yes. The joy of being young. I can’t lament not being young (I’m 26), but I fully understand that the younger you are, the more physically able you are in general. However, I’m concerned about something coming out of the NBA Bubble regarding a young star and it’s got me, and just about every NBA analyst on the planet scratching their heads and searching for answers. So why is Zion Williamson not playing?
Before I begin, let me say that I’m not at all suggesting that Zion Williamson is any less than amazing when it comes to physical prowess. He’s simply a physical anomaly. 20-year-olds are not normally 6’7” and 285 pounds with the vertical leaping ability of a high jumper and the strength of a powerlifter. The fact that a human being as physically gifted as Zion Williamson should make everyone look on in astonishment. And the fact is that he’s looked this way since he was in 10th Grade. Basically, this isn’t some new development.
However, there’s something else that’s not a new development: injuries. Specifically, Zion Williamson has suffered from various leg injuries over the years. I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure it has everything to do with the amount of force he exerts on his joints when his 6’7”, 285-pound frame jumps 40-inches in the air and slams back down. However, this hasn’t been too much of a problem for him, until he arrived in New Orleans.
He had a meniscus injury, which he didn’t return from until a full month and a half after the initial projected return date. But that’s not what concerns me. What concerns me is the fact that, after a 4 ½ month-layoff because of COVID-19, which forced a delay in the NBA season, Zion Williamson is being put on a minutes restriction and even being held out of games.
So, what’s going on? There’s been zero disclosure from the Pelicans organization about what’s going on and people are starting to ask questions. And rightfully so. You can’t seriously expect me, someone who’s cognizant of the fact that having 4 ½ months to rehab and get fitter to avoid more injuries, to believe that a 20-year-old freak of nature is in a worse position physically now in the beginning of August than he was in mid-March.
My theory is that there’s something seriously wrong and they’re not telling us. Something so serious that it could jeopardize the career of the biggest sensation since LeBron James came to the NBA in 2003. I have a sneaking suspicion that Pelicans’ officials are scared that letting Zion play will jeopardize their investment in him. But not letting him play does that too. Something’s gotta give.