Did Zion Williamson return to Duke? Her stepfather says, not talking the speculation.


Duke's Zion Williamson comes to the NBA draft lottery. (Nuccio DiNuzzo / Associated Press)

Zion Williamson, stepfather, added the presumption option No. 1 in the NBA draft next month, speculation down that the Duke is unhappy with the possibility of playing for New Orleans Pelicans and toying with the idea of ​​returning to school for another season.

He was granted, he was a stunner when the Pelicans met a 6 per cent chance and joined six staff with better margins to claim the best choice in the draft Tuesday night draw. There was early speculation that Williamson could take a road to his NBA career in New Orleans. While Williamson and his family have time to consider all the options, his stepfather seemed to have started his NBA career soon.

The second season doesn't return to Blue Devils Mike Krzyzewski's [something] we even thought, ”said Lee Anderson, stepfather, on the“ Off the Bench ”radio program in Baton Rouge.

According to Anderson, Williamson and his family accept how the lottery came out.

“One thing that Zion always teaches is that you accept the things you can't change. You change the things you can change, ”Anderson said. “This is one of the things he was not involved with. It is the NBA process, and we are certainly excited about Crescent City down there in New Orleans. ”

Williamson only signed a shoe agent or company, which helped fueled speculation that he could return to Duke. But her stepfather said that more leads from the desire of the right choices to make, since Williamson is only 18 years old.

“We just see that there is no real pressure to do this now,” Anderson said. “You don't have many opportunities to have leverage and get the chance to control your story. So we think we can do that now. We want to make sure that we have the right decision when we do whatever we do. We don't want to look back and regret it. We want to make sure we do it properly. ”

Anderson said the family was close and he didn't listen to all the noise outside, whether it was Williamson playing after he had injured his generation last spring, returning to Duke or other things. “I spoke to – who is that coach? – [Alvin] Gentry. We met David Griffin [the Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations] and he had a great conversation and they are very impressed with the likelihood that I will come down and settle and look for a place to stay and all these good things. ”

This is in line with a report from Shams Charania, The Athletic, though tweeted Williamson had a positive meeting with the Pelicans before the draw.

Anderson's views came a day after Brian Windhorst said on ESPN's “The Jump” that Williamson's college eligibility does not sign an agent or employer, as long as he pulls his name out of the draft consideration by 10 June, the entrant early withdrawal deadline comes 10 days before the draft itself. Of course, it also helps to raise the price of that shoe discussion.

Windhorst said that “Williamson's dissatisfied content to go to the Pelicans – especially after they had the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers see him coming to the first pick-out -“ blowing up my phone from last night. ”After that, Williamson suggested“ who would threaten to go back to Duke, ”said Windhorst,“ Now is the kind of person Zion is there? People who know me say that this is not the person who is there. ”Windhorst then said that it is now a conversation in the NBA.

Tuesday's tweet may have been sent from Marc J. Spears from ESPN just after New Orleans won the lottery. Citing a source that claimed Williamson was right to go to New York, “Spears tweeted The AP player of the Year in the college's basketball “quickly swiftly out of the room after Pelicans announced the winner of the draft lottery.” t

The Internet footage of Williamson's immediate response to the lottery results met, and allowed us to attach a wide, affixed reaction to various interpretations. Was there a smile on his face, or was there more grim?

The host “The Jump,” Rachel Nichols, provided an ESPN live coverage of the results of an anchor lottery and said that he "found it was hit by her claim" when he woke up in the morning, New Orleans was not as he was thinking, ”but he added“ Williamson would come with a more positive view of things when he relocated his mind, ”he said.

On "The Jump," the panel of Richard Jefferson pulled up Steve Francis, the Maryland star who waited until the Grizzlies drafted it second in 1999 before he clarified that he had no desire to play for that team, was then located in Vancouver. The Grizzlies followed him trading with the Houston rockets before his rookie season began.

Dominique Wilkins drew a similar movement in 1982 after being drafted third by the Utah Jazz, and he dealt with the Atlanta Hawks. About Williamson, as presumption picked No. 1, to allow the Palestinians to know about the draft he did not want, none of them would be more unusual, but he has some precedent in another sport.

The NFL saw a pair of fourth-quarter outbreaks who were very related, John Elway in 1983 and Eli Manning in 2004, making their aversions clear to the teams with the picks No. In both cases, however, they were still drafted by these teams before they were traded quickly.

In 1991, a team he had taken away, Quebec Nordiques, initially refused to trade. He spent a season playing with his junior hockey club and the Canadian national team in the 1992 Olympic Games before he was sent to Philadelphia Leaflets.

It would be very heavy returning to the Duke that would cost him millions in the short term. As it turned out, he escaped that he was too heavy with a knee injury when he slipped on the court after the shoe was hurt much less than was initially feared.

Some thought that Williamson should take care of the warning that Duke had been represented by injury and had never played again, but said he was looking forward to the colleague for the NCAA competition. Two of his closest colleagues, fellow stars RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, are also to go ahead, so they would not have been around if Williamson returned.

For this reason and for other reasons, Williamson seems unlikely to return to Duke. But as the New York Times ’ Marc Stein noted on Wednesday, the open option to do so would leverage with the Pelicans, who have already won the prestigious star Anthony Davis. Gradually, they hope it would certainly be able to cancel trade claims because of the probability that it will play alongside Williamson.

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