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Zion Williamson’s New York Related Comments Spark Controversy

Look away New York Knicks fans, this one may hurt.

Earlier in the week, the New Orleans Pelicans played the New York Knicks in Zion Williamson’s first visit to Madison Square Garden as a professional. While the game itself was nothing out of the ordinary, as the Knicks picked up the 122-112 victory, Williamson’s comments after the game got the entire NBA world on the edge of its seat.

Likely for no reason other than its Zion.

“I’m glad you asked that actually,” Zion said with a big smile when asked about his thoughts on playing at the Garden by a reporter. “New York is the Mecca of basketball. I love playing (in Madison Square Garden). I played here in college [at Duke]. This is my first time playing in the pros. This atmosphere, whether they’re cheering for you or booing you, it’s amazing. Outside of New Orleans, obviously, this might be my favorite place to play. I can’t lie to you.”

Before we go crazy, let’s remember that Williamson will be a restricted free agent in 2023 and the earliest he can enter unrestricted free agency is not for another three years. Nevertheless, numerous members of the media think this is a big deal because of course.

“I think it’s something to watch down the road,” said Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. “I think if you follow Zion Williamson closely, he doesn’t just talk to talk. He’s pretty particular in what he says and when he says it.

“He’s a long ways away from free agency. He’s only in his second year in the NBA. But I think the way the Knicks have been rejuvenated, I don’t think it was completely by accident. At the beginning of that clip, he said ‘Hey, I’m glad you asked that.’ He was clearly waiting for that question. Something to watch down the road.”

The All-Star forward is in the midst of yet another great season, averaging 26.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.


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