“Zion Williamson’s Body is Not Built to Play This Game”: Kings Legend Blasts NOLA Star Amid 3-Week Rest Post Hamstring Injury  

Advait Jajodia
|Published January 07, 2023

After being subjected to several “fat” and “overweight” jokes, Zion Williamson finally proved all the naysayers wrong this season. Missing out on the entirety of the 2021-2022 season, the New Orleans Pelicans had an incredible start to the current campaign.

Despite missing out on the services of Brandon Ingram, the Pelicans have been fairing pretty well.  With an impressive 24-15 record, the Louisiana-based franchise is one of the top-most teams in the Western Conference. While CJ McCollum, Jonas Valanciunas, and the remaining players on the roster are also to be credited for the team’s success, there is no denying that “Zanos” has been the most impactful player.

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Things were going extremely great for Willie Green’s boys entering the new calendar year. However, the Pelicans received a huge blow to start 2023. During the 2nd Jan contest against the Philadelphia 76ers, Zion didn’t play the entire fourth quarter.

A day later, the franchise confirmed that the 6-foot-6 guard had suffered a right hamstring strain.

“Don’t think Zion Williamson is ever going to play or sniff 70+ games”: Eddie Johnson

As a result of the injury, the former Duke Blue Devil will be missing out on multiple weeks.

Amid his injury, haters have resumed trolling the youngster for being injury-prone. Further, several basketball personalities have given their two cents on the issue.

Eddie Johnson, a former 17-year veteran, recently stated that the 284-pound forward’s body is not built to play basketball. Also saying that the southpaw might never play 70+ games in a single season ever, the 1989 Sixth Man of the Year told Justin Termine of SiriusXM NBA Radio:

“I don’t think Zion Williamson is ever going to play or sniff 70+ games,” the 63-year-old said. “I’ve said this even before he got drafted. We’ve never seen a body this big, this explosive play this game. You’ve seen big guys but not this explosive, off the perimeter, dribbling and moving like a guard. Never seen this for a guy this size.

He puts so much torque on his body. His body is not built to play this game. It’s not. But he is very good at this game and that’s why he plays it. He’s gonna pay a price, man.”

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Zion’s dominance prior to the hamstring injury

Prior to the horrific injury, Williamson was playing some of the best basketball of his career. Averaging 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game, the 22-year-old was ranked as high as #6 on the MVP Ladder.

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Having to miss the next few weeks, the Pels will have a hard time facing powerhouses of the likes of the Celtics, the Nuggets, and the Bucks.

It’ll be interesting to see what NOLA’s standing will be in the West until Williamson’s return.

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Advait Jajodia

Advait Jajodia

A 20-year-old with a BBA degree specializing in marketing, Advait Jajodia is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush and a passionate basketball enthusiast. Advait has been immersed in the world of basketball since picking up a basketball at the age of 9. Excelling as a two-time national-level player, specifically as a point guard during the Golden State Warriors' dominant era, he draws inspiration from the electrifying style of Stephen Curry. Beyond the NBA, Advait finds joy in playing various sports, exploring intriguing conspiracy theories, and boosting his 2K rating to 99. He also holds admiration for athletes like Rafael Nadal, Virat Kohli, and Phil Foden, recognizing their exceptional skills.

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