Has Zion Williamson quit the NBA? What is the truth behind the viral video about him quitting the NBA? Learn all there is to know.
A recent viral video suggested Zion Williamson is quitting the NBA, sending fans into a frenzy. However, the news wasn’t verified, creating confusion among fans’ minds.
Williamson, a former No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, has dealt with multiple injury blows since his debut in 2019. He has missed 194 games in his four-year NBA career. Percentage-wise, it’s 58.7, and Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season due to a broken foot.
This year, he missed eight games due to Covid protocols before he sustained a hamstring strain in the Pelicans’ 120-111 loss against the Philadelphia 76ers (January 2). He re-aggravated the injury in February, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.
The Pelicans suffered a play-in tournament loss against the OKC Thunder and failed to make the playoffs in his absence. Zion Williamson’s lack of availability has questioned his reliability as a franchise cornerstone. It has also impacted him mentally. Despite recovering from his injury this season, Zion revealed that he couldn’t be on the floor, citing that he wasn’t mentally prepared to return to action. These facts only led many fans to believe the viral video suggesting Williamson was quitting the NBA.
Is Zion Williamson set to exit the NBA?
As it turns out, the piece that revealed Williamson was leaving the NBA was a clickbait thumbnail and headline.
The video was probably made after the 2021-22 season when Williamson had missed the entire year recovering from foot surgery. It talks about the trade rumors he was involved in last season and his potential landing spots.
Williamson’s injury-prone nature has everyone questioning the longevity of his career and reliability as a franchise cornerstone. He hasn’t disappointed much when available, averaging 25.8 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game, shooting an efficient 60.5% in 114 career games. The Pelicans are only one fit Williamson season away from reaching the Play-offs, and they will hope that they get it next season.