This dawn has begun, after a long wait of almost five months, the final stretch of the NBA season after being in a state of indefinite suspension on March 12 due to the global coronavirus pandemic. New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz, and later the Los Angeles derby between Lakers and Clippers, have been the two opening games in the Orlando ‘bubble’.
Both have been resolved by the minimum, and with the Jazz and Lakers as winners of their respective duels. Of the four teams, the one most in need of victories is New Orleans, so the loss was a tough stick for the Louisiana franchise, especially for a player: Zion Williamson.
The number 1 of the 2019 Draft expressed, in the post-match declarations, all his frustration at not being able to participate more in the match. The restriction of minutes that the doctors of the franchise imposed on him have not allowed him to dispute the final moments where everything was decided (Rudy Gobert sentenced the Pelicans with two free throws).
Zion’s words have been collected by ESPN journalist Rachel Nichols and read as follows:
« I needed to get back into my flow. Much less were I being held against my will. It was something that needed to be done. But obviously I was very frustrated because I felt fully empowered to play it all.
« Defeat is bullshit, especially when you can’t do anything. However, all teams want to win. Everyone competes. This is just a learning curve, and we are going to overcome it, » said Zion Williamson.
BEHIND THE BACK – @ Zionwilliamson out here looking like a point guard on the feed to @ ZO2_ pic.twitter.com/a8qkpNoD0k
– New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 31, 2020