Ex-Pel Redick rips Zion for ‘sample of habits’
New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has been absent from the court docket this season due to a foot damage, however in response to JJ Redick, Williamson has been absent as a teammate his complete time within the NBA.
“There is a accountability that you’ve as an athlete while you play a workforce sport to be totally invested,” Redick stated Tuesday on First Take. “You are totally invested in your physique, you are totally invested in your work and also you’re totally invested in your teammates. That’s your accountability, and we have now not seen that from Zion.”
Redick and Williamson had been teammates with the Pelicans for components of the previous two seasons earlier than Redick introduced his retirement and joined ESPN as an NBA analyst earlier than this season.
Redick stated he voiced his considerations with Williamson whereas in New Orleans.
“That is one thing I addressed with Zion in entrance of the workforce,” Redick stated. “That is going again to his rookie 12 months.”
“It is a sample of habits with Zion that we’re seeing many times. I used to be his teammate, I can describe him as a indifferent teammate, that’s an correct assertion.”
Williamson’s potential points as a teammate got here into public view throughout this previous weekend’s All-Star festivities when CJ McCollum stated he hasn’t spoken to Williamson since he was traded to New Orleans from Portland on the commerce deadline.
“I have never had conversations with him instantly. … I’ve spoken with some folks near him and look ahead to sitting down with him earlier than later,” McCollum stated Saturday night time. “I find out about as a lot as you do proper now, however I am gonna resolve it.”
McCollum informed ESPN’s Malika Andrews on Tuesday morning that he has since spoken to Williamson.
Redick stated Williamson’s preliminary silence towards McCollum is a part of a “sample of habits.”
“This simply exhibits a whole lack of funding in your workforce, within the group, within the metropolis,” Redick stated. “I get that he is damage and away from the workforce, however you simply traded for one of many 50 greatest gamers within the league — a man that is speculated to be paired with you. Attain out and say, ‘Howdy.’ It is a sample of habits with Zion that we’re seeing many times. I used to be his teammate, I can describe him as a indifferent teammate, that’s an correct assertion.”
Williamson has not performed this season after struggling a fracture in his proper foot that required surgical procedure over the summer season. After there was preliminary optimism that Williamson could be again for the beginning of the season, his return has been delayed a number of instances. He’s at the moment engaged on his rehab away from the workforce, with sources telling ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Williamson is rehabbing in Portland, Oregon, with the Pelicans’ blessing.
When he has been wholesome, Williamson has been a drive. He averaged 27 factors, 7.2 rebounds and three.7 assists whereas enjoying 61 of the workforce’s 72 video games final season.
“Sure, he is been wonderful when he is been on the court docket — 100%. He is wonderful to look at. There is no one that may do what he does on a basketball court docket … however as a teammate, there’s a sample of habits, as a completely invested particular person in New Orleans, there is a sample of habits,” Redick stated. “That is worrisome.”
Info from ESPN’s Andrew Lopez was used on this report.