February 27, 2024

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Zion Williamson on his struggles to stay grounded amid NBA success

‘I’m 20, 22, I’ve got all the money in the world… it’s hard, man’: Zion Williamson on his struggles to stay grounded amid NBA success – as he eyes return to the court amid injury and porn star scandal

Scandalized NBA star Zion Williamson has opened up on his struggles to stay healthy during the early parts of his NBA career, and discussed the pressures that come with earning ‘all the money in the world’.

The Pelicans star was drafted No 1 overall in 2019 but has struggled to stay healthy, and this summer has become embroiled in an off-court drama involving porn star Moriah Mills. 

‘It’s hard, man,’ Williamson said while making an appearance on the ‘Gil’s Arena‘ podcast, hosted by Wizards legend Gilbert Arenas. ‘I’m 20, 22, have all the money in the world — well, it feels like all the money in the world. It’s hard.

‘I’m at that point now, because of certain things, I’m putting back the wisdom around me. I don’t want to say older because they get defensive, but I’m putting people around me with wisdom. Put me on game to certain things. And just go from there.’

Williamson has played in only 114 regular season games through his four years in the league.

Zion Williamson recently commented on his struggles to stay healthy and diet on 'Gil's Arena'

Zion Williamson recently commented on his struggles to stay healthy and diet on ‘Gil’s Arena’

Williamson has played in only 114 regular season games through his four seasons in the league

Williamson has played in only 114 regular season games through his four seasons in the league

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Last season he played in only 29 games after suffering a hamstring injury at the beginning of January that forced him to miss the remainder of the season.

Before that he missed the entire 2021-22 season after suffering a broken foot. He was expected to take the court at some point during the year but was never cleared to play.

Back in April, at the end of this season, Pelicans executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin stated ‘a big part is on him’ when speaking on Williamson’s availability.

‘I think there is a lot he can do better and he would, I think, tell you that. I think we need to do a better job examining the whole situation top to bottom a little bit better,’ Griffin said. ‘I think putting him in the best position to succeed is important. And I think his participation is a big part of that.’ 

During his surprise podcast appearance Williamson also stated that he has been trying to follow in the footsteps of Lebron James and focusing on his flexibility this offseason in order to try better avoiding injury. He also addressed those who try to push the narrative that he is missing games because he doesn’t wish to play.

‘It’s more of locking in on flexibility, band work. I think it’s those things that will be able to keep me on the court longer rather than losing a bunch of weight and coming to play,’ Williamson said. 

Moriah Mills has repeatedly called out Williamson online

The Twitter rant she went on to slam Williamson

He recently became embroiled in a saga with porn star Moriah Mills, after announcing he was expecting a child with his actual long time girlfriend named Ahkeema

‘I’m a hooper. When I’m sitting on the sidelines watching my teammates in certain games they’re losing, I know if I was out there, I could change the outcome.

‘What I want people to know about me is I just want to hoop. I want to be out there. Nobody wants to just sit on the sideline. I think that’s what I want people to understand. I don’t want to be on the sideline. Y’all think I want to sit over there hurt? I don’t.’

Williamson has also seen an increased amount of unwanted attention this offseason after porn star Moriah Mills went on a Twitter rant in harassment of the two-time All-Star that eventually led to her account being suspended.

Mills was angered after Williamson announced that he was expecting the birth of his first child in the near future.

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