Bogus News on Zion Williamson Debunked by High Ranking Executive: “Reality Doesn’t Matter Anymore..”

Published 07/17/2023, 6:50 AM EDT

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With the world looking into every aspect of NBA players’ lives especially during their bad phase, it truly pours when it rains. This was the case for New Orleans Pelicans forward, Zion Williamson.

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Zion Williamson has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. After sitting out a major portion of the 2022-23 season due to injury, Williamson’s life off the court has also been turbulent. With the drama surrounding him, there were several questions raised about his future with the New Orleans Pelicans.

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The New Orleans Pelicans had a terrific start to the 2022-23 season. By the second week of December 2022, the Pelicans sat comfortably as the top seed in the Western Conference. Zion Williamson had led his team to a commanding position in the league. However, at the beginning of 2023, it was announced that the Duke alum suffered yet another injury.

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The 23-year-old has had a history of injury concerns, playing a mere 114 games in the 4 years of his NBA career. His off the court activities have also added insult to his injuries. With all the drama surrounding the Pelicans forward, fans started questioning his future with the franchise.

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Several rumors circulated about Williamson being in trade talks. But David Griffin, the VP of Basketball Operations of the Pelicans, dismissed these rumors in a recent interview.

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The Pelicans have not made any noise with their moves in the ongoing NBA offseason so far. However, the trade rumors regarding Zion Williamson caught the NBA world’s attention. Fans began assuming that Williamson will play in different colors next season. But David Griffin shunned these assumptions.

In a recent interview during the NBA Summer League, Griffin was asked about the former No.1 draft pick’s relationship with the Pelicans. “I would say it’s as good as it’s ever been actually,” he replied.

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He later explained, “I think what’s unfortunate is, he is a name that generates clicks no matter what the link says….and so it makes it really easy for people to manufacture a rumor around him“. He further claimed, “Reality doesn’t matter anymore. Generating clicks matters…. We never had a single conversation that Zion was part of.”

However, he acknowledged why fans assumed the franchise would be moving on from Williamson. “I think people perceived that we would be willing to move off of Zion….fortunately for us, the noise never actually matches what we’re really experiencing,” he said.

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David Griffin might have put trade rumors to rest, but the 6’6 forward will have to deliver and stay healthy for the franchise to really see his worth. The former No.1 draft pick earned an All Star selection within the 114 games that he played in the NBA. Given the narratives surrounding him, more of such performances will be expected of him by the Pelicans franchise.

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Sachit Kaundinya

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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it’s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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Bilal Handoo

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