Zion Williamson out for the rest of summer league.

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    Zion Williamson out for the rest of summer league.

    #1 overall pick, Zion Williamson will be out for the rest of summer league due to a bruised knee.

    I hope he can get healthy and stay healthy and put on a show like he did in college basketball and not be a bust like Greg Oden.
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    Two words: Load Management.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnottieDrippen View Post
    Two words: Load Management.
    For some reason, load management became a big discussion topic this year. Why? Load management has been a topic for several years. Popovich has done load management on key players for maybe 5 years, even longer. The commissioner has even addressed the issue about players skipping games over the past few years. Why is everyone acting like this is some new issue?

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    I never expected him to play more than a handful of minutes this summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voice of Reason View Post
    For some reason, load management became a big discussion topic this year. Why? Load management has been a topic for several years. Popovich has done load management on key players for maybe 5 years, even longer. The commissioner has even addressed the issue about players skipping games over the past few years. Why is everyone acting like this is some new issue?
    This isn’t an issue for me at all. Hate the thought of going to a game and the superstars aren’t playing, but I don’t have a problem with guys getting the rest they need, and I don’t go to games very often. Might be time to condense the season honestly...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    I never expected him to play more than a handful of minutes this summer.
    I was a little surprised he played any minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnottieDrippen View Post
    This isn’t an issue for me at all. Hate the thought of going to a game and the superstars aren’t playing, but I don’t have a problem with guys getting the rest they need, and I don’t go to games very often. Might be time to condense the season honestly...
    I am ok with it too. My point is people act like Kawhi invented this and now it is suddenly going to start happening more. Load management has been happening for years.

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    Yep. And if they shorten the season by a handful of games, it will still happen. Guys will play 70 games instead of 74.

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    Wouldn’t be surprised to see 72 games sometime soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    I never expected him to play more than a handful of minutes this summer.
    Agreed. Summer league seems pointless for stars. How do they benefit? Playing with teammates who won’t be teammates in the season and against opponents who won’t be opponents in the fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gchs_uk9 View Post
    Agreed. Summer league seems pointless for stars. How do they benefit? Playing with teammates who won’t be teammates in the season and against opponents who won’t be opponents in the fall.
    Your point is accurate, but some of the Knicks summer roster, the team Zion faced, will not only play this season, but start, and Mitchell Robinson is a darling pick to make a leap toward stardom. The exception, not the rule obviously.

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    With Zion, "load management" can have more than one meaning. He needs to get in the gym and lose some of his "load". It looks like he has been eating a lot more than working out since the end of the college hoops season. He has always been big obviously but it looks like he has gained about 20 lbs in the last few months to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ggclfan View Post
    With Zion, "load management" can have more than one meaning. He needs to get in the gym and lose some of his "load". It looks like he has been eating a lot more than working out since the end of the college hoops season. He has always been big obviously but it looks like he has gained about 20 lbs in the last few months to me.
    I think him sitting the remainder of Summer League had more to do with him being out of shape than his knee bruise. I never got the sense he was hurt or couldn't play. But the dude is at risk being near that 300 pound mark.

    I noted this through the regular season, but at 285 pounds (many think he is more than that now), that makes Zion the second heaviest player in the NBA behind Boban (7'3" at 296 pounds). That is not healthy or natural to have that level of explosiveness and expect to last at that weight.

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    Pelicans GM David Griffin recently said that Zion’s conditioning played a big part in them pulling him out of Summer League. He said he showed up to New Orleans heavy and hasn’t played any meaningful basketball since March. They are getting him a nutritionist and will be focusing on his conditioning and diet before training camp starts.

    They better. He’s huge.


    And still walking into 360 windmills in the layup line. I’d love to see him playing at 270.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    Pelicans GM David Griffin recently said that Zion’s conditioning played a big part in them pulling him out of Summer League. He said he showed up to New Orleans heavy and hasn’t played any meaningful basketball since March. They are getting him a nutritionist and will be focusing on his conditioning and diet before training camp starts.

    They better. He’s huge.


    And still walking into 360 windmills in the layup line. I’d love to see him playing at 270.
    How much is he weighing in at right now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sportsfan41 View Post
    How much is he weighing in at right now?
    285 is the number, but many think he is pushing the 300 pound mark.

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