Zion Williamson stirs pot with feedback on Knicks followers, Madison Sq. Backyard: ‘I like taking part in right here’


All eyes are on Zion and the Knicks.

Zion Williamson appeared nearly destined to go No. 1 general to the Knicks within the 2019 NBA Draft, however a lot to the chagrin of Knicks followers across the globe, the Pelicans lucked out, successful the draft lottery and choosing Williamson.

On Sunday, Williamson performed his first skilled sport at MSG, a 122-112 dropping effort to the Knicks, however the budding famous person could not assist however beam when requested what it was like taking part in on this planet’s most well-known enviornment.

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“I am glad you requested that, truly,” Williamson stated with an enormous grin. “New York is the Mecca of basketball. I like taking part in right here. I performed right here in school, that is my first time taking part in right here within the professionals. I imply, this environment, whether or not they’re cheering for you or whether or not booing for you, it is superb.

“Truthfully, I believe — outdoors of New Orleans, clearly — I believe this could be my favourite place to play outdoors of New Orleans. I can not even deceive you. I can not deceive you.”

Williamson could not cover his ear-to-ear smile and even the “outdoors of New Orleans” bit appeared a bit, effectively, cliché in supply. Might this be a canine whistle for Knicks followers? (They hope.)

Stories urged the then-Duke prodigy was upset when the Pelicans have been named winner of the 2019 draft lottery, wishing that New York landed the No. 1 choose as a substitute. The Knicks ended up with the No. 3 general choose and chosen Williamson’s former Duke runningmate, RJ Barrett.

New York, all the time in the hunt for the following Massive Apple star, has performed effectively above expectations in 2020-21, the primary season underneath coach Tom Thibodeau. After their win vs. New Orleans — the Knicks are 3-0 vs. Zion and the Pels this 12 months — they sit at sixth within the Japanese Convention and are on a six-game successful streak.

With Barrett and one of many NBA’s most improved gamers in Julius Randle, the Knicks could seem to lastly be righting the ship.

Might that ship be one which Zion needs to board? Time will inform. 

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