As Lloyd Christmas would say, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance?”
Not good. Not likely. It’s very slim. But, for a second, let’s imagine Zion Williamson back in college, dominating like few college athletes ever have and giving himself a chance at a new NBA team.
As stunning as this would be, let’s consider a few things that could make it happen. He hasn’t hired an agent yet. Williamson is on record saying how much he loved his time at Duke, so much that he had to be convinced to go pro. There is a bidding war between sneakers companies for his services, and signing with one would make him ineligible for the NCAA — but he has not signed.
“I mean this 100% when I say it. If I could come back for a second year and play, I would,” he told Slam Magazine recently. “Being at Duke was a dream come true for me. It was the best year of my life, unfortunately that’s not the reality we live in.”
The reality is, players are not getting paid in college, and they have to get the guaranteed money when they can, in case injury strikes. Still, Williamson was clearly rooting for the Knicks to win the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, looking disappointed when they fell to third and the Pelicans won the right to select him next month.
Williamson was then “quickly whisked away,” out of the room, ESPN reported.
As The Big Lead pointed out, Danny Ferry, also out of Duke, refused to play for the Clippers in 1989, ending up playing in an Italian professional league.
For Williamson, it’s on to New Orleans — unless he tries the unthinkable and becomes a second (potential) superstar who wants off the Pelicans.