Zion Williamson says no restrictions heading into season

Zion Williamson will head into his second NBA season with “no restrictions,” the New Orleans Pelicans star stated Sunday.

Speaking to reporters because the Pelicans opened their coaching camp, Williamson flashed the largest smile of the day when requested about what limitations he might need this season. “Me and [Pelicans] coach [Stan] Van Gundy have talked and from what I do know now, there are not any restrictions. None,” Williamson stated.

When requested about being joyful about that, he added, “After all. I like to play basketball. With no restrictions? Why would not I like that?”

Van Gundy informed reporters earlier on Sunday that Williamson has “no limitations in apply. That is a very good factor.” He added that Williamson simply handed his conditioning check that included a three-minute run on the court docket.

“He and Nickeil [Alexander-Walker] most likely did theirs the simplest,” Van Gundy added. “I assumed in apply he gave actually, actually good effort as did everyone. It is all been optimistic to this point.”

Williamson handled “bursts restrictions” final season when he returned in January from a knee harm that wiped him out of the primary half of the common season. On the time Williamson expressed some frustrations along with his restricted minutes however nonetheless managed to have a productive season averaging 22.5 factors and 6.3 rebounds in simply 27.8 minutes per evening.

Within the bubble, Williamson missed time main as much as the primary recreation due to a household challenge and as soon as once more was on restricted minutes enjoying a mean of 20.7 minutes in 5 of the primary six video games earlier than being shut down for the final two.

However now that he is getting into the season wholesome, there are not any plans for any restrictions transferring ahead — one thing that Williamson is greater than enthusiastic about.

“I believe it positively might be totally different as a result of, nicely, it was robust, man. If you’re going by way of rehab and once you’re lastly in a position to step on the court docket, three minutes goes by, 4 minutes by and….you gotta get subbed out. It was lots,” Williamson stated.

“I attempted to profit from the state of affairs and I believe I did the very best that I probably might. However it may be lots totally different.”

Williamson hopes the beginning of a brand-new season unleashes an outdated model of himself as nicely.

“I need to present that I am a basketball participant. I will do regardless of the staff wants me to do on offense or protection it doesn’t matter what it’s to win. I am only a competitor,” Williamson stated.

“After I’m wholesome and competing, I am only a totally different sort of participant. I believe that is the participant everybody fell in love with.”

Final season was a attempting one for Williamson for an additional motive because the Pelicans stumbled to a 30-42 report and missed the playoffs.

With the strikes made this offseason, Williamson and Brandon Ingram, who lately signed a five-year max contract extension, are actually the undoubted cornerstones of the franchise transferring ahead.

“If we need to be winners, now we have to do issues outdoors the norm or uncomfortable for us. That is the place being skilled comes into play,” Williamson stated.

“Dropping is simply not enjoyable. It is wanted as a result of it makes you higher. What do not break you’ll make you. That is part of ups and downs. But when we need to win, now we have to recollect what we have been by way of and keep regular onto the winner’s mindset.”

A part of with the ability to change that mindset will include how Van Gundy approaches the sport. Sunday’s apply was 30-40 minutes of Van Gundy breaking down defensive ideas after which over two hours of getting after one another in defensive drills.

“He is a really detailed man,” Williamson stated of Van Gundy. “We went by way of lots. I felt like we received lots completed for sooner or later, particularly the primary day. I am excited to proceed to work with him.”

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