The New Orleans Pelicans are keeping an eye on Zion Williamson. According to Bleacher Report, Williamson is dealing with "weight issues" as the 2021-2022 NBA season begins. He has reportedly reached north of 300 pounds which is similar to the months leading up to his rookie debut. When Williamson was with the Pelicans for a recent preseason trip to Minnesota, the listed weight was set at 284 pounds.
"These are the injuries you have to be the most concerned about, a foot injury for a guy with noted weight issues," one Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. Along with Williamson's weight, he's dealing with a foot injury wand will not appear in the Pelicans' season opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Earlier in this year, Williamson talked about his health.
"I do think there is another gear that I can reach regarding my weight and conditioning," Williamson told The Old Man & the Three podcast in March. "But I think it's like you said, it's finding it. Because I don't want to get to a spot where I'm like, 'Yeah I lost a lot of weight, but I don't feel strong. I can't do certain things I would do before.' I think it's just finding it. I do think there is another gear I can reach regarding both weight and conditioning." Herer's a look at fans reacting to Williamson's weight gain.
Zion Williamson 2021 media day (top) and media day 2019 (bottom) pic.twitter.com/xrZ3GbxWjR— ً (@LakerFern) October 14, 2021
One person wrote: "Between injuries and condition I don't think he's ever goin to live up to the hype..good player tho." For what it's worth, Williamson averaged 27 points and seven rebounds per game last season.prevnext
MJ’s competition vs. LeBron’s competition pic.twitter.com/keTadDEjZk— Miguel Jordán (@PettyAirJordan) October 16, 2021
Another person wrote: "Physically the guards and small fowards are taller more lean and just as strong due to advancements of work out culture and dietary culture. Meaning you playing a Jordan "type" player ever night. So if Malone can't get up and down with an he a role player like Dwight."prevnext
Pump the Brakes
I get it. For an NBA player hes out of shape. But the dude is low key more muscular than anything with a little bit of fat and hes like 6ft 7 😂. I cant have fat people retweeting this in my timeline calling Zion fat. That's crazy. https://t.co/sPUQPxrD8x— EddiePReactions (@EddiePReactions) October 20, 2021
This person wrote: "Just saw the Zion Williamson Mountain Dew advertisement and man.. He's putting weight on like he's going into hibernation. That dude has to be careful or he's going to end up with injuriesprevnext
The Zion Williamson weight discourse reminds me of the Ben Simmons jumpshot discourse in 2018. Use your common sense and your eyes. No, it's not tenable for these players to continue playing with the flaws they have now.— Dert, DMorey H8r (@Backtrack_Rewin) October 14, 2021
An NBA fan said: "I love Zion Williamson and really hope he gets serious about his conditioning & weight issues. Stop relying on family to manage it & get a serious nutritionist & trainer to work you out of your comfort zone. Injuries will happen more frequent if he's 300+ pounds and how he lands."prevnext
Zion Williamson was always going to struggle with that weight in the NBA.
Gotta feel for him.— Rara Avis™ (@Tzar_Marc) October 20, 2021
One person noted: "Zion Williamson has every tool at his disposal. There is no excuse for his ongoing weight issues. How many injuries before he figures it out? All the natural ability and money to hire people to help him meet his goals. C'mon, bruh."prevnext
Sorry all the weight I'm losing is going to Zion Williamson.— Sheldon Schreppel (@Shelly_Deli) October 20, 2021
A person tweeted: "I love how these Internet Doctors are on here thinking they're opinion matters. COVID-19, Zion Williamson's weight. All of them love to talk and at the same time, know absolutely nothing about they're talking about. Its laughable."prevnext
Selling the Stock
Yeah I’m selling my Zion Williamson stock. He’s a Blue Devil so I’ll always rock with him and hope for the best. But injury prone with a bad weight problem he might be cooked sooner than later. At least we confirmed he was a special talent pic.twitter.com/kFqA7tFGas— 🥀Black Sinatra Targaryen Zoldyck (@Todd_Gully) October 19, 2021
And this person wrote to Williamson: "Bro that boulder on your shoulder wasn't a boulder. It's your weight. Lose some weight. Knee and now foot injuries and you have only played 2 seasons!"prev