Pelicans concerned about Zion Williamson weighing more than 300 pounds (2022)

Zion Williamson‘s health has been central to the friction between him and the Pelicans.

So, it has been impossible to overlook all the peculiarities of Williamson’s latest injury.

On media day, Pelicans lead executive David Griffin announced Williamson broke his foot earlier in the summer then underwent surgery. Griffin stressed the news wasn’t as bad as it sounded to the public, who was learning it for the first time, because it wasn’t fresh to the team. “We were dealing with it all offseason,” Griffin said

Griffin also said, “His timeline should get him back on the court in time for regular season. That would be our hope and our view, and we’re very optimistic about what that looks like.” But when revealing Williamson would miss the start of the regular season, Griffin claimed he never meant the start of the regular season, only during the regular season.

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report:

There’s a strong belief in league circles that the Pelicans were unaware of that procedure until Williamson reported to New Orleans ahead of media day, although one team source contacted by B/R maintained the Pelicans and Williamson were aligned on the injury’s timeline.

He’s since reached north of 300 pounds this offseason, sources said, again fueling concerns among New Orleans staffers similar to the months leading up to his rookie debut. When he joined the Pelicans’ recent preseason trip to Minnesota, several league personnel on hand were struck by his heavier appearance than his listed playing weight last season of 284 pounds. “I know Zion at 280, and he was not 280,” said one observer.

It’s hard to get in shape while recovering from a foot injury. Conditioning would be part of any player’s recovery.

But Williamson’s weight has been a longstanding issue – no matter how much the Pelicans want to deflect.

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It’s fair to question whether Williamson’s heavier frame makes him more susceptible to injury. The amount of force he plays with is incredible. With more weight behind that force, that’s a lot of stress to put on his body.

Now, it sounds like there are questions about whether Williamson’s weight has delayed his return. To achieve his goal of making the playoffs, New Orleans badly needs him on the court.

If the Pelicans didn’t know about Williamson’s surgery until media, that is a massive and distressing communication breakdown. It already sounded like some people close to Williamson don’t want him building a stronger connection with the franchise.

For his part, Williamson says he loves New Orleans.

But questions continue to swirl around nearly every aspect of his career.

Utah Jazz CEO, Danny Ainge, and GM, Justin Zanik, hosted a press conference on Monday to discuss the major moves they made this offseason, and Ainge was frank about why the front office decided to blow up the roster. ViaAndy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune.

“What I saw during the season was a group of players that really didn’t believe in each other,” Ainge said.“I think individually they have resolve (sic). I just don’t believe that collectively they did. So we saw a lot of players trying to do it on their own, as the belief in one another wasn’t as great as other teams I’ve been on and around. So, when we got to the playoffs, I thought, well, this is a team that’s had some disappointing playoffs and maybe they’re just waiting for the playoffs. And so I gave them that benefit of the doubt. But it was clear the team did not perform well in the playoffs again.”

The Jazz had built a competitive team on paper, but they just weren’t able to get over the hump during the postseason, as they were eliminated during the First Round in three of the past five seasons and they never advanced beyond the Conference Semi-Finals. This past year’s elimination was particularly brutal, as they were not able to advance past a Dallas team that was without Luka Doncic for the first three games of the series, and in Ainge’s eyes, that was all he needed to see to know that the team he joined in December did not have what it took to become a true contender.

When the offseason hit, Ainge’s front office proceeded to ship off their former franchise cornerstones, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert, collecting 13 unprotected or lightly protected first-round picks in the process, and they likely have more future firsts coming their way as they’ll look to unload vets like Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Bojan Bogdanovic. Currently, they have 17 guaranteed contracts on their roster, and they’ll have to cut that number to 15 by the time the 2022-23 regular-season starts, so at least two of these 30-plus-year-old vets will need to go. Zanik did stipulate during Monday’s presser that he wouldn’t be opposed to keeping some of the veterans on the roster to serve in a mentorship role this upcoming season, but considering that Conley and Bogdanovic are still capable of helping a playoff team, it seems unlikely those guys will be around much longer.

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It’s a new era in Utah, and one that will be guided by Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen for the immediate future, but if there’s one thing we’ve seen from Danny Ainge throughout his illustrious NBA career, it’s that he’s more than capable of crafting true championship contenders. He’s a savant in both orchestrating trades and evaluating NBA prospects, and he’ll have no shortage of assets to construct this next contender over the coming years.

Despite rumors to the contrary, the NBA is not expected to take up serious expansion talk for at least a couple of years, until both the new CBA and new television and streaming rights deals are in place. If the owners are going to open the doors, they are going to wait until they can do so at the highest possible price (with locked-in labor peace and higher television revenue).

The fans in Seattle have been more than patient waiting for the NBA to return, but they will have to wait a little longer (they will get a taste in October when the Trail Blazers will host the Clippers for a couple of preseason games). Seattle Kracken co-owner and CEO Tod Leiweke struck the right tone (from the NBA league office’s perspective) when asked about rumors of an NBA full-time return to Seattle by Fox Sports 13 in the city.

“I’m not going to address that [rumor]. There’s going to be a lot of rumors and innuendos. You know, we think the best thing that we can do is not ever get ahead of the league. They’ve got big issues coming: They’re in a CBA discussion, and they’ve got broadcast deals coming up. In due time, they will get to this. And in due time, we’re going to be well positioned…

“The hard work is done, building a world class arena. That’s why the team left. We now have that world class arena in place. It will stand the test of time. The building is phenomenal for basketball. And we’re super excited about the Clippers playing the Portland Trail Blazers here. And in fact, two games that are gonna play here, the first NBA game in our building will happen that first week in October – and we’re going to have a packed house and in our own Seattle way we will tell the world we are here. We are ready.”

Kracken majority owner David Bonderman also owns a piece of the Boston Celtics — the ties are built in.

“We are not discussing that at this time,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said of expansion during the NBA Finals. “As I said before, at some point, this league invariably will expand, but it’s not at this moment that we are discussing it.”

If the NBA looks at expansion in a few years, as is expected, Seattle will be at the top of the list to get a new team (Las Vegas is the frontrunner for a second team). But it remains an “if.” While there is some momentum behind the idea, it takes two-thirds of the owners to approve expansion, and the only way to convince that many owners to get on board is to prove to them that bringing these teams in will raise enough extra revenue for the league to offset the further division of the television money. The owners are going to treat this like a cold, hard business.

But when the expansion talks come, Seattle will be ready.

(Video) Pelicans concerned about Zion Williamson weighing more than 300 pounds

Kevin Durant may not have wanted a reunion. The Brooklyn Nets may not have really ever wanted to trade him anyway.

However, the Warriors had serious internal discussions about bringing Durant back to the Bay Area where he was central to two Golden State titles, Stephen Curry told Matt Sullivan of Rolling Stone. And Curry was all-in on the idea.

“I was never hesitant. The idea of playing with KD and knowing who he is as a person, from our history in those three years, I think KD’s a really good dude. I think he is misunderstood. I think he has had certain things happen in his life that hurt his ability to trust people around him, in a sense of making him feel safe at all times. So all of those things, I understand, having played with him and gotten to know him. I love that dude.

“And if you said, ‘Oh, KD’s coming back, and we’re gonna play with him,’ I had so much fun playing with him those three years, I’d be like, ‘Hell, yeah!’ Then you have to think: What does that actually mean? What does it look like? … And if anybody’s saying that you wouldn’t entertain that conversation — no disrespect to anybody on our team — but you don’t know how things work. But you also understand, like, if we run this thing back, I’ve got complete confidence in my team that we can win it again, as constructed.

“So, all those things were true. And it started with me wanting to play with KD at the beginning. Yeah, it’s about winning, it’s about having fun, playing the game of basketball. And that was part of the reaction of, like, ‘Yeah, it’d be amazing.’ What does that actually mean?”

It would have meant trading away depth and the future — the Warriors would have had to send out Andrew Wiggins (to balance salaries), Jonathan Kuminga, and another young player such as James Wiseman or Moses Moody, plus multiple first-round draft picks and pick swaps.

Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob has been very public about his desire to build a team that can win now with a core of Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green, while still building toward the future with Jordan Poole, Kuminga, Moody and more. To trade for Durant would have meant to give up on the future part of that equation and go all-in on winning the next couple of seasons with the 34-year-old Durant.

Lacob and management might never have signed off on the trade, but those final steps proved moot. It never got that far. By all accounts, the Warriors discussed the trade in depth internally but didn’t get far down the road with the Nets.

Lacob’s “win now while building a bridge to the future” plan worked last season and the Warriors will get their championship rings on opening night. With some of the veteran depth gone (Otto Porter, Gary Payton II) this season, the Warriors are going to lean more on their young legs to help them during the regular season, and into the playoffs. Once there, the Warriors are a threat to repeat as champions.

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They might even have to face Durant and the Nets, should the Warriors get back to the game’s biggest stage. Then we will all revisit those trade discussions again.

Anthony Edwards is going to face at least a fine from the league for this, maybe more.

In an Instagram story, Edwards used homophobic language to describe a group of men before adding a racial slur. He finished with, “Look at the world came to.”

It was disappointing to hear that from Ant, and there is no place for it. Sunday Edwards issued an apology on Twitter.

What I said was immature, hurtful, and disrespectful, and I’m incredibly sorry. It’s unacceptable for me or anyone to use that language in such a hurtful way, there’s no excuse for it, at all. I was raised better than that!

— Anthony Edwards (@theantedwards_) September 11, 2022

Timberwolves president Tim Connelly released this statement:

“We are disappointed in the language and actions Anthony Edwards displayed on social media. The Timberwolves are committed to being an inclusive and welcoming organization for all and apologize for the offense this has caused to so many.”

The quick apology likely means that Edwards will only face a fine for his actions, although the league may want to make an example of the young star known for his big, confident personality. Kevin Durant was fined $50,000 for homophobic and misogynistic private messages that went public, and players from Kobe Bryant to Rajon Rondo have been fined for homophobic comments.

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Edwards, the third-year guard and former No.1 pick who averaged 21.3 points a game last season, will be in even a brighter spotlight this season with a Timberwolves team that added Rudy Gobert to a front line with Karl-Anthony Towns. Minnesota expects to be near the top of the West, and to be there Edwards will have to be more efficient and more of a playmaker — they need him to be an All-Star. A leap he is fully capable of making. What the team does not want is its star making headlines for homophobic social media posts.

Expect the fine to come down from the league before training camp opens.

FAQs

Is Zion Williamson the heaviest player in the NBA? ›

Zion Williamson's weight has been a topic of conversation since he was drafted in 2019. As a rookie, the 6-foot-6 Williamson ranked as the NBA's second-heaviest player behind only the 7-foot-3 Boban Marjanovic.

How much did Zion weigh now? ›

Even at his listed 284 pounds, Williamson is among the five heaviest players in the NBA, and the rest of his cohorts in that group are all 6-foot-10 or taller.

How heavy was Zion when he was drafted? ›

1 overall pick out of Duke in the 2019 NBA Draft. Zion Williamson was listed at 285 pounds during his lone season in Durham and the New Orleans Pelicans have listed him at 284 pounds in each season with the team.

Are Zions heavy? ›

Zion's officially listed at 6-foot-6 and 284 pounds. That makes him the fourth heaviest player in the league behind 7-foot-5, 311-pound free agent Tacko Fall, 7-foot-4, 290-pound Boban Marjanovic of the Houston Rockets and 6-foot-11, 290-pound Jusuf Nurkic of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Who was the heaviest NFL player ever? ›

Gibson attended Decatur Central High School, where he lettered in football and track. He holds the record for heaviest NFL player ever, at 410 lbs, weighing over 440 lbs in high school. He was a two-way player.

Who is the strongest NBA player? ›

Zion Williamson has not even entered his prime but is expected to be the strongest NBA player currently. At the age of 21, Zion is 6'11" tall and has a 284-pound structure. He is not scared of using his strength to the best of effects and is expected to improve on his physicality in the coming seasons.

Who is the heaviest player in the NBA today? ›

Zion Williamson currently weighs 318 pounds. He has surpassed Boban Marjanović (290) and Tacko Fall (311) as the NBA's heaviest player.

Does Zion really weigh 330? ›

According to his sources, Zion is at 330 pounds right now, which puts him among the heaviest players in NBA history.

What is a weight clause? ›

Much like the injury clauses in Embiid's contract, this one protects the team if things go very poorly. The weight clause states Zion must keep the sum of his weight and body fat percentage below 295; if not, the guaranteed money in his contract decreases.

How much does Zion bench? ›

INDIANAPOLIS — Boston College interior offensive lineman Zion Johnson bench-pressed 225 pounds above his head 32 times on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was more than anybody in his position group. And he did it barefoot.

How much does Zion Williamson make? ›

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has agreed on a five-year, $193 million designated maximum rookie extension that could earn him as much as $231 million, CAA Sports' Co-Head of Basketball Austin Brown tells ESPN.

What is Zion's vertical? ›

Coming into the NBA draft, most pundits and analysts expected to see Zion at the NBA draft combine. But like other top prospects, Williamson decided to workout with some of the interested teams. Coach K says Zion Williamson — at 6-6, 280, set a Duke record for vertical jump at their testing — 45 inches. Yikes.

How much does Zion Williamson make in endorsements? ›

2020 The World's Highest-Paid Athletes Earnings

Nike won a fierce sneaker bidding war for the power forward with a long-term deal worth at least $13 million a year to promote its Jordan Brand. He also signed endorsement deals with Gatorade, Mountain Dew, 2K Sports, plus merchandise agreements with Panini and Fanatics.

What is up with Zion Williamson? ›

It was revealed during the team's media day that Williamson underwent surgery to repair a fractured right foot during the offseason. Williamson is said to have suffered the injury prior to the start of the 2021 NBA Summer League.

Who is the strongest person in the NFL? ›

1. Aaron Donald. In the list of our strongest NFL players, first off, we have Aaron Donald. Donald is an LA Rams player who plays Defensive Tackle.

Who was the first 300 pound player in the NFL? ›

In the 1960s, Lions defensive lineman Roger Brown (no. 76) was the first 300-pound player to get regular playing time in the NFL. In the 1960s, Lions defensive lineman Roger Brown (no.

Who is No 1 football player in the world? ›

Lionel Messi

What is LeBron's bench max? ›

During MJ's training, it is reported that he had a max bench press of 300+ lbs. However, when we come to LeBron James, it is said that he can bench 225lbs for over 12 reps.

Who could bench the most NBA? ›

Like Stephen Paea on our NFL all-time strongest player list, Joey Graham is here for one reason: He holds the combine bench press record for NBA players. Unlike the NFL combine, which uses 225 lbs. for its bench press test, the NBA combine uses 185 lbs. Joey Graham put up 26 reps in 2005, which equates to a 347-lb.

Who is the heaviest player in the MLB? ›

Walter Young, 320 lbs

The heaviest MLB player of all time, Walter Young was officially listed at 6 foot 5 inches and 320 pounds when he played for the Baltimore Orioles in 2005. He only played one season with the Orioles as a first baseman and designated hitter.

Who has the highest body fat percentage in the NBA? ›

The five highest body fat percentages:
  • Drew Timme: 15.7%
  • Walker Kessler: 14.7%
  • Ron Harper Jr.: 14.3%
  • Trevor Keels: 13.5%
  • E.J. Liddell: 12.2%
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How much does Zion Wilson weigh? ›

What is Zion Williamson heaviest weight? ›

It's no secret that 21-year-old Zion Williamson has a huge weight problem. Even before he played a single game in the league, there were concerns about how his body would hold up over the course of a long, 82-game season.

Does Ja Morant have the highest vertical? ›

The NBA average vertical is 28 inches.

On the other end of the spectrum, the highest vertical ever recorded was Michael Jordan's unbelievable 48 inches. That means Morant sits only four inches below the greatest leaper to even play in the NBA.

How much did Shaq weigh in his prime? ›

O'Neal hopes to drop even more weight. He's aiming for 350 pounds. If he's already dropped 50 pounds from his peak pandemic weight of 415 pounds, O'Neal is only 15 pounds away from his goal.

How much does Antetokounmpo weight? ›

How much does Kevin Durant weight? ›

How tall is Ja Morant? ›

How much does Zion Williamson weigh? ›

Who is the fastest NBA player? ›

De'Aaron Fox stands out as the fastest player in the NBA with the ball in his hands, edging Westbrook out because of his youth.

Is Shaq the biggest NBA player ever? ›

Oliver Miller (375 pounds)

At a whopping 375 pounds, Miller is easily the largest NBA player of all time. Like Shaq, he didn't start out at that size. It came over time. Known as “The Big O,” Miller came into the league at a lean 270-pounds.

How much does Zion Williamson weight 2021? ›

Lower body injuries have made it difficult for Williamson, who is listed at 284 pounds and stands 6'6" tall, to stay in basketball-playing shape. He weighed in at over 300 pounds when training camp started in September 2021.

Who is the heaviest player in the NBA today? ›

Zion Williamson currently weighs 318 pounds. He has surpassed Boban Marjanović (290) and Tacko Fall (311) as the NBA's heaviest player.

What is a weight clause? ›

Much like the injury clauses in Embiid's contract, this one protects the team if things go very poorly. The weight clause states Zion must keep the sum of his weight and body fat percentage below 295; if not, the guaranteed money in his contract decreases.

How much does Zion bench? ›

INDIANAPOLIS — Boston College interior offensive lineman Zion Johnson bench-pressed 225 pounds above his head 32 times on Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was more than anybody in his position group. And he did it barefoot.

What is LeBron's top speed? ›

Conversation. LeBron James reaches a sprint speed of 17.3 mph on the break, tracked by #NBACourtOptix powered by Microsoft Azure!

Who is the most athletic person in the NBA? ›

No.

Other than Michael Jordan, LeBron James is the most athletic player to ever play basketball. His unbelievable combination of size, speed and hops is unmatchable. James is 6'8" and 250 pounds yet he can run the court from baseline to baseline as fast as anyone else playing today.

Who's the best basketball player in history? ›

1. Michael Jordan – Most Points per Game – Most Finals MVP. Who is the best basketball player of all time? Michael Jordan is the best in the top 10 basketball players of all time.

Who is the thickest NBA player? ›

#1 Tacko Fall (311 pounds)

At 7' 5" and 311 pounds, Tacko Fall is massive and definitely intimidating. In just 7.2 minutes per game last season, the 25-year-old swatted away 1.1 enemy missiles per game. He'll be the only NBA player to weigh in at 300 pounds or more in the upcoming 2021-22 season.

Do NBA players do cardio? ›

They perform cardiovascular exercises to build endurance and increase stamina so they can last for the entire game (and season!). Basketball training might include conditioning drills like running suicides and sprinting up and down the court. Or more intense cardio like swimming laps or biking long distances.

Who is the heaviest player in college basketball? ›

Oliver J. Miller (born April 6, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player.
Personal information
Listed weight280 lb (127 kg)
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How much does Zion Williamson make in endorsements? ›

2020 The World's Highest-Paid Athletes Earnings

Nike won a fierce sneaker bidding war for the power forward with a long-term deal worth at least $13 million a year to promote its Jordan Brand. He also signed endorsement deals with Gatorade, Mountain Dew, 2K Sports, plus merchandise agreements with Panini and Fanatics.

What is up with Zion Williamson? ›

It was revealed during the team's media day that Williamson underwent surgery to repair a fractured right foot during the offseason. Williamson is said to have suffered the injury prior to the start of the 2021 NBA Summer League.

Does Ja Morant have the highest vertical? ›

The NBA average vertical is 28 inches.

On the other end of the spectrum, the highest vertical ever recorded was Michael Jordan's unbelievable 48 inches. That means Morant sits only four inches below the greatest leaper to even play in the NBA.

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