A Zion Problem

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Sports Injury Professional Worried About Zion’s Long Term Health

Zion Williamson’s size has been a popular topic of discussion especially during the young star’s time in the bubble where his minute restrictions have raised some serious questions.

Dr. Brian Sutterer is a popular sports injuries professional, who made a name for himself on social media and YouTube, was recently interviewed by Ethan Sherwood Strauss of The Athletic. The topic of course was Williamson’s weight and its implications on his long term health and performance on the floor for the New Orleans Pelicans.

“He’s in a race against his own body,” Dr. Sutterer said. “If you go watch his Duke highlights compared to now, the difference is profound. In my opinion, his athleticism and conditioning have regressed substantially. He’s less explosive, less conditioned, slower on defense, has already had a portion of his meniscus removed from his knee after an injury, and he’s still under close monitoring from the medical staff.”

Sutterer voiced concern over the troubling long-term trend with the rookie phenom.

“I feel like nobody really wants to call it like we all see it,” Dr. Sutterer said. “He’s trying to reverse a career trajectory that by the Pelicans’ own admission is worrisome as evidenced by his ‘reprogramming’ and scrutinized minutes. He had four months to start making positive strides and to me he’s regressed more. When will he finally start to reverse course? Will it be in time before more substantial fitness concerns and injuries limit him and threaten his career? Instead of outpacing these risks, I’m worried that Zion is losing the race.”

Safe to say, the coming season will be incredibly important for Williamson, who will need to focus on his body in an effort to regain his signature explosiveness and find the ability to play more minutes on a nightly basis.

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