“Burger diet with Harden” – Zion Williamson goes VIRAL for lethargic running sequence as 38-year-old LeBron James destroys Pelicans
Zion’s fitness came under the scanner as the Pelicans lost to the Lakers in the semi-finals of the In-Season Tournament..
Last night, in the NBA In-Season tournament against the Los Angeles Lakers, Zion Williamson experienced a well-documented disappointment. In a devastating 133-89 defeat, he scored just 13 points, showcasing a performance that doesn’t befit a player of his potential.
Not only was his performance a cause for concern but his conditioning and fitness also faced criticism from fans and analysts. Since entering the league in 2019 as the number one draft, he has struggled with being out of shape, making it his Achilles heel. He has been out of action more times than he has been on the court.
Compared to his opponent, LeBron James, who is 15 years his senior, Zion’s performance was notably different. Given LeBron’s age and the fitness regime mandated by NBA teams, he is expected to be in optimal peak condition. However, with the season barely three months old, Zion appeared to lack the necessary aggression and was barely in shape.
Post-match, he acknowledged the necessity to be more aggressive and take charge of games, a positive step in the right direction. Despite a drop in output, managing 22.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 18 games played this season, he has done a commendable job maintaining fitness.
Fans react to Zion Williamson’s performance and fitness levels
The fans promptly expressed their disappointment and concerns about Zion’s physical condition after the Lakers-Pelicans match. They swiftly took to social media, airing their displeasure and questioning the condition of their star player.
The reaction from disgruntled fans once again found a platform on the popular social media platform X (formerly called Twitter):
Taking accountability for his team’s loss, he must recognize that optimal condition is crucial for longevity in the game, especially if he aspires to emulate the great players before him. Learning from this experience, both he and the Pelicans are poised to make necessary decisions to enhance their overall performance. The upcoming game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Smoothie King Center presents an opportunity for redemption.
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