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“It’s Gonna Be Scary”: Zion Williamson’s Rise From Criticism Earns Praise From Pelicans HC

Tonoy Sengupta

“It’s Gonna Be Scary”: Zion Williamson’s Rise From Criticism Earns Praise From Pelicans HC

The New Orleans Pelicans capped off a massive victory against the Sacramento Kings, winning 135-123. After the game, Willie Green spoke to reporters where he fielded many questions about his superstar, Zion Williamson. During this time, the head coach was asked about how the young star has fielded all the criticism, and how Green has helped him do so. In response, the 42-year-old said the following, as seen in ‘Pelicans Film Room’s X [Formerly Twitter] post below.

“Number one I believe in the power of prayer. It can go where places I cant. I am always praying for all of our guys… I am here to support him, I am here to serve… It’s gonna be scary and we’re starting to see it”

Zion Williamson and co. have been indeed scary this season. The team currently sits sixth in a very competitive Western Conference, with a record of 48-32, per

The 23-year-old’s points per game, 22.9 points, may seem a bit underwhelming at first, leading many to think that he may not be performing as well as he should. However, the reality of the situation is that he has been on the ball far more this season, and has improved his passing by a country mile. This has shown up in his stats as well, as he is averaging a career-high in his assist numbers at the moment.

Further, he is also having a very healthy season so far, having played 67 games this year, and looking in tip-top shape ahead of the NBA playoffs.

For all the criticism about him being fat, and not taking basketball seriously, the young star has shown that, given time, he has the power to prove just about everyone in the world wrong. If he can keep that kind of energy going, and if Brandon Ingram comes back in time, the New Orleans Pelicans could make some serious noise in the 2024 NBA Playoffs.

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Tonoy Sengupta

Tonoy Sengupta


Tonoy Sengupta is a Senior Editor at The SportsRush. Coming from an athletically inclined family, he has been surrounded by sports ever since he was 4 years old. But, while initially pouring all his time into Football (soccer), at 14, Tonoy discovered basketball through the countless highlights of Stephen Curry humiliating players from Curry Land. And just like that, a fiery passion for the game was ignited within Tonoy. And soon after, he decided to become a student of journalism, graduating in 2022, and choosing sports as his area of interest. Today, you can find him spending 99% of his time browsing through every type of content on every team in the NBA, before uncorking everything he has found to the world. In the 1% he isn't doing this, you can find him playing Basketball, Football, Volleyball, or practically any other sport he has had the opportunity to learn.

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