Zion Williamson missed the complete 2021-22 season resulting from a foot injury. Unfortunately, all that point away from the court took a toll on him.
In a recent interview with Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated, the previous No. 1 pick opened up in regards to the dark times he went through last season.
For months, Williamson had to listen to about how he wasn’t committed to the sport. He also handled criticism regarding his conditioning.
It’s only normal that Williamson was saddened by this case.
“I used to be in dark places at times because I couldn’t play basketball,” Williamson said, via Sports Illustrated. “I could only do limited rehab things. After which just seeing how the world reacted? It took loads. It did loads on my spirit.”
Thankfully, NBA fans have learned from their mistakes and are actually rallying around Williamson.
“Bruh couldn’t go on social media without seeing 157 fat jokes a day – I’m sure that cant be easy,” one fan said.
“Don’t hearken to the haters,” a second fan said. “It is time to take over.”
“I won’t ever forgive y’all for making him the laughingstock of the NBA for coping with injury,” one other fan wrote.
When healthy, Williamson is a game-changer. He averaged 27.0 points and seven.2 rebounds per game in the course of the 2020-21 season.
The Pelicans will tip off their regular season on Oct. 19 against the Nets.