NBA Commentator Takes Cheap Shot at Zion Williamson For Gaining Considerable Weight

Published 10/31/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after making a free throw in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


NBA fans had hyped New Orleans Pelicans star, Zion Williamson, as the next prominent player coming out of the NCAA. The Pelicans selected Williamson as the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft. The Pelicans rewarded the 21-year-old power forward and picked him, acknowledging his commanding freshman spell with the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA.

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Williamson, however, has faced injury problems since his introduction to the NBA. The young star fractured his right foot before this season’s NBA summer league. He had to subsequently undergo surgery to fix this ailment. Fans have engaged in rumors that Williamson’s weight and heavy frame are the reasons for his injury issues. Williamson registers at 6-foot-6 and weighs 284 pounds, with reports suggesting that he now weighs over 300 pounds.

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Fans have made light of this peculiar situation, engaging in harsh banter about Williamson’s weight. Former NBA legend Walter “Clyde” Frazier got in on the action too while commentating on the Pelicans’ game against the New York Knicks. He observed that Williamson had put on weight over his recovery period. Frazier suggested that Williamson lose some weight considering his young age.

Various NBA writers have recommended that losing weight might help Williamson’s conditioning and recovery journey. Commentators feel that his heavy frame and weight add more pressure on his legs. There is no official timeline from the Pelicans, regarding Williamson’s return back from the injury that he sustained in the offseason. Whatever the outcome, Williamson is a definite miss for the New Orleans-based franchise.

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New Orleans Pelicans face defeat against New York Knicks in Zion Williamson’s absence

The New Orleans Pelicans lost out to a great performance by the New York Knicks. The Knicks secured their fifth victory in six games, continuing a perfect start to the season. While the Pelicans succumbed to their sixth defeat in seven games with only one win against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) shoots while defended by Houston Rockets guard Victor Oladipo (7) in the third quarter at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The Pelicans severely missed offensive firepower as they missed Zion Williamson due to foot injury surgery. Brandon Ingram was another huge miss for the Pelicans. Jonas Valanciunas scored 27 points and 14 rebounds for the Pelicans with teammate Devonte’ Graham recording 17 points. However, the Knicks’ R.J. Barrett’s career-high 35 points upset a rather impressive performance by the Pelicans. The Pelicans will face the Phoenix Suns next in an away game.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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