LeBron Does a LeBron on Pelicans, Which Beat Zion Doing a Zion on Lakers
If dude had his way, he woulda surely been the difference in last night's game.
At Wake Forest.
That's because everyone from Coach K to his parents reminded him he was NBA-ready and should thus be in the NBA this season.
So there Zion was, a No 1 draft pick, on the court with two other No 1 draft picks:
- One of whom was a former New Orleans Pelicans top selection, and
- The other being the NBA's reigning King.
Dude handled it like any seasoned veteran of the league would, even though at 19, he's got a few years to go before he'll be a seasoned veteran of the league:
Zion Williamson cracked up when asked if it was “surreal” to share court w/ LeBron James: “Come on, man. Not in that sense but I do know what you’re saying. What you’re talking about, it’s after the game. ‘I played against him, a dude you’ve been watching on TV for a long time.’” pic.twitter.com/LAbE7Ry57f— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 26, 2020
Suffice to say, Zion's probably been ready for this sorta moment since everyone started referring to him only by his first name.
His physical maturity is there for all to see, but it's his mental maturity that's a thing to behold. He just sees stuff the way it is and naturally accepts his part in it all, learning as he goes along.
He translates that into action, too. New Orleans may have lost a 118-109 decision to the Lakers, but they wouldn't have even been that close without his 29 points and 6 boards.
Indeed he does.
However, dude was out-gotted by Lebron, who rose to the occasion for the kajillionth time, posting a 40 and 8 to keep reality well in focus.
Anthony Davis racked up 21 points, 14 boards, and blocked 6 shots in his first game against the Pels where he didn't score 40 himself.
Didn't need to. LeBron had it handled.
Zion's serving notice -- to the surprise of absolutely no one -- that it won't be long before he'll be the handler-in-chief in his own right.
Duke coulda used him last night, but New Orleans can use him more. Zion got good advice. He's where he's supposed to be.