Stan van Gundy feels some type of way due to how badly he thinks Zion Williamson is being officiated by NBA referees this year.
The New Orleans Pelicans lost a close game to the Milwaukee Bucks. After a match of spectacular scoring, the Bucks edged a 129-125 win over the Pelicans. The reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with his 38 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Khris Middleton added 31 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Pelicans fell short in the final minutes, as they let the Bucks end the game on a 9-2 run. For the Pelicans, Zion led the way with his 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Brandon Ingram added 23 points, while Lonzo Ball pitched in with 20 points of his own.
Stan Van Gundy is displeased with how Zion Williamson is being officiated
The Bucks ended the game on a 9-2 run, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Pelicans coach was not exactly pleased about the same. Apart from the mistakes made by his team, SVG also blames the referees for how the game turned out.
Zion scored 30 out of his 34 points from the paint. What is astonishing that he just attempted 5 Free-Throws, despite making his living inside the paint. This did not sit right with Van Gundy.
Stan says he “doesn’t buy” Zion having 30 points in the paint and only 5 FTA.
Mentioned Zion isn’t to the point where he gets the same calls at Giannis yet.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) February 26, 2021
SVG also added that Zion is not at the point in his career where he is getting the same calls as Giannis is. The numbers seem to support his point. Zion attempts an average of 7.8 FTs per game, making 5.6 of them. Giannis, on the other hand, attempts 10.6 FTs per game and makes 7 of them.
Zion is in just his second year and hopefully would start getting more calls as his time in the league increases.
Zion Williamson displays maturity upon not receiving foul call
The Duke product is very mature about the way he handles noncalls. He does not like passing blames, and lets his work on the court do the talking. One such case was when Brook Lopez clearly fouled him late in the final quarter last night, yet upon receiving no call, Zion just continued playing, instead of arguing.
Brook Lopez vs Zion Williamson 👀
— TimeoutSPORTS__ (@TimeoutSPORTS3) February 26, 2021
The 2nd year forward has been playing tremendously this season and is on his way to his first All-Star game. He would hope that his performances propel his team to a playoff spot in the stacked Western Conference. The Pelicans currently sit on the 11th spot, with a 14-18 record.