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Game Thread: Zion Williamson, Nickeil Alexander-Walker named NBA Rising Stars ahead of Pelicans-Bulls matchup

And ICYMI, Nicolo Melli is one hilarious dude!

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Ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls matchup Wednesday evening, Zion Williamson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker were named NBA Rising Stars earlier today, joining Ja Morant, LaMelo Ball, Tyler Herro and many others.

Without a doubt, the best congratulations message was issued by Nicolo Melli.

Of course, the Rising Stars Game will not be played this season. The 2020-21 All-Star lineup has been curtailed, limited to the All-Star Game, Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shootout and Skills Challenge — all to be held on March 7.

And if you missed the news, Zion removed his name from consideration to be a participant in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest yesterday.

For more on today’s Pelicans-Bulls matchup, please give our preview a read.

Who: New Orleans Pelicans (15-19) vs Chicago Bulls (15-18)

When: March 3, 7:00 p.m. Central

Where to watch: FSNOLA

Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM

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