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Contrary to earlier reports, Zion Williamson excited about coming to the New Orleans Pelicans

National media needlessly painted other options for the Duke Blue Devils star.

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Zion Williamson is widely expected to be choice of the New Orleans Pelicans as the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and we should expect that process to go smoothly.

According to Lee Anderson, Zion Williamson’s stepfather, the one-and-done Duke superstar and his family are excited by the idea of coming to New Orleans, when asked by T-Bob Hebert and Jordy Culotta on this mornings episode of Off The Bench.

“We’re excited. We’re excited about that. One thing that Zion has always been taught: You accept the things that you can’t change, you change the things that you can change. And this is one of the things that he had nothing to do with. It’s the process of the NBA. Certainly, we’re excited about the Crescent City, down there in New Orleans. And you said about returning to Duke, there has been a lot of speculation, but that is nothing that we have even considered.”


As many of you probably know, a number of national media members discussed yesterday a number of topics that revolved around Zion’s options should he not want to sign with the New Orleans Pelicans. They ranged from returning back to Duke University for his sophomore season to sitting out the 2019-20 NBA season altogether. A lot of this speculation stemmed from the facts that he has yet to sign with an NBA agent or accept a shoe deal — two parameters that would prevent him from returning back to college.

Jealous big markets, specifically New York and Los Angeles for just missing out on the top pick by landing third and fourth respectively in the first round of next month’s draft, go kick rocks. As many in and around the New Orleans region understood yesterday, the notion of Zion of not wanting to join the Pelicans seemed utterly preposterous because a number of reports stemmed from this single Tweet by Marc Spears.

Reportedly, Zion Williamson had shown clear unhappiness as soon as it was announced the New Orleans Pelicans won the Draft Lottery. Nothing could be further from the truth.

From watching the above footage, I see an apprehensive but giddy Zion. Note his wide smile — it never disappears from his face. Who was supposedly unhappy?

Either way, the media members who followed their agendas don’t have a leg to stand on today.