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The New Orleans Pelicans say top overall draft choice Zion Williamson has left the club to attend to an urgent family medical matter.
The legal fight over NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s endorsement potential now includes an allegation his family received $400,000 from a marketing agency before playing at Duke.
The marketing agent who has sued NBA rookie Zion Williamson wants the former Duke star to answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing his lone season with the Blue Devils.
Miles Bridges scored 20 points and took MVP honors, Eric Paschall added 23 more and the U.S. beat the World 151-131 in the Rising Stars Challenge
The NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player has simple advice for the player many are viewing as a future MVP after his show-stopping debut.
Zion Williamson’s sublime 17-point surge in a span of barely more than three minutes could very well become part of New Orleans’ pro sports lore – even if the final score won’t.
When Zion Williamson finished his first full-court, five-on-five work since returning to practice last week, he spent extra one-on-one time with assistant coach Fred Vinson on the free throw line.
Zion Williamson says he expects his absence from New Orleans Pelicans because of his knee injury to be less than half of the regular season but is offering no specific timetable for a return.
Zion Williamson will miss the start of the season after the No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans had right knee surgery, sidelining the hyped rookie for nearly two months.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t see himself and Pelicans top draft choice Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and different sports. Brees says he sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans’ pro sports scene and is eager to share what he’s learned. Brees says he came to New Orleans when the Saints were virtually rebuilding from scratch. He says the NBA’s Pelicans are being similarly remade now following significant offseason turnover.
The past few weeks have been a blur to Zion Williamson. He was picked No. 1 in the NBA draft by the New Orleans Pelicans.
Saints coach Sean Payton says Zion Williamson’s athleticism and physical stature would make the Pelicans rookie and top NBA draft choice an intriguing NFL prospect at a handful of positions, starting with the defensive line or tight end.
Zion Williamson and his family were met with applause as they walked into the New Orleans Pelicans’ headquarters. The practice gym was filled with team employees and executives eager to welcome the player who has infused the franchise with far more promise than it appeared to have when six-time All-Star Anthony Davis requested a trade five months ago. Williamson says he’s keeping immediate expectations realistic because he hasn’t played an NBA game and is still just short of his 19th birthday.
The New Orleans Pelicans selected Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick, going with the Duke force who is considered one of the most exciting prospects in years.
The NBA couldn’t have asked for a better draft lead-in than the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade. While the first wave of headlines rightfully belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, the other side of the trade is just as juicy.
Former Duke star Zion Williamson is suing to terminate his contract with a sports marketing company. He says the agency violated the state’s sports agent law. A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Greensboro says the star player should be allowed to void his contract with Florida-based Prime Sports Marketing LLC. Gina Ford is the president of Prime Sports. She did not return an email seeking comment.
New Orleans has bucked the odds and won the NBA’s draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson in the June 20 selections. The Pelicans won the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they chose Anthony Davis.
Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft. Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome also announced their plans to enter the draft.