Zion Williamson’s Shirt Goes Viral Before Pelicans Opener (Photos)

Zion Williamson’s Shirt Goes Viral Before Pelicans Opener (Photos)

Zion Williamson’s return to the basketball court after missing the entirety of last season is one of the biggest storylines in the NBA right now.

Once upon a time, the New Orleans Pelicans star was touted as a generational talent. Some still remain similarly high on him, but the enthusiasm has now been quelled in light of him playing in just 85 games over the course of three NBA seasons.

The last time Williamson did play, in 2020-21, he averaged 27 points and 7 rebounds per outing. And that was when he was noticeably overweight.

“Two years ago, Zion was a Top 5 offensive player,” an NBA executive told Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. “His case [for MVP] is pretty simple. Do that again and be better on defense, and he’s for sure a franchise guy.”

Nobody is more excited for the looming season than Williamson himself.

As first spotted by Jacob Ortiz of Legion Hoops, Williamson was recently seen wearing a shirt with a very clear message ahead of the Pelicans’ regular season opener.

The message largely speaks for itself:

NBA fans loved it.

The reactions to Williamson’s choice of attire poured in immediately:

Some NBA legends have their doubts about how Williamson’s new skinny frame will serve him in 2022-23. That said, the 22-year-old was bullied mercilessly when he was big, too. It’s a damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t-type situation.

This will be a defining year for Williamson. Over the past year the most notable thing he has made headlines for is his pick for Best Rapper Alive.

The time has come for Williamson to restore some semblance of momentum to his career. He has Hall of Fame-level potential.

Will he be able to deliver on it, though?

An answer will emerge in the coming weeks and months.

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Anthony Amador

A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.
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