Zion Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, only appeared in one game in the NBA Summer League. Williamson suffered a bone bruise during that contest and sat out the rest of the circuit.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had an interesting take on his prized pupil’s summer plans. He didn’t think Williamson should have played in Summer League because he isn’t in peak playing shape.
“No, I thought really he never should’ve played just because he’s been on this circuit of awards, the ESPYs, everything,” Krzyzewski told Forbes. “I don’t think he’s in the playing shape or the mental shape to play.”
One ESPN analyst wasn’t a fan of those comments. Appearing on ‘The Jump’ this afternoon, Amin Elhassan took exception to Krzyzewski suggesting that basketball should come at the expense of the other activities Williamson is involved with.
“You know what I’m most disappointed about? Rather than criticize the awards and the media, he criticized the basketball part. Come on coach,” Elhassan said. “There’s a fair argument in there, but which one of those is least important? The other stuff, the peripheral stuff. Not the basketball.”
Interesting take from Elhassan, but in reality, there’s almost no way Williamson wouldn’t have had to go on some type of media tour this spring. He’s one of the most marketable young athletes in America and has developed a massive following.
However, as his career progresses, Williamson should be able to better balance his on and off-court obligations.