Carmelo Anthony Gives Zion Williamson Sage Advice
The career and conditioning of New Orleans Pelicans’ star player, Zion Williamson has been the talk of sports reporters and fans alike over the past several years since the center was drafted as the first overall pick in 2019. While he was playing his collegiate career at Duke, he was looked upon as the strongest basketball player to come into the NBA and the most talked about since LeBron James was making noise during his high school days. Yet, the oft-injured center has not lived up to expectations and many people have spoken about their theories of why he hasn’t been the dominant player he was expected to be. Now, a future Hall of Famer has given his views on what Willionmson has to do to be successful in the NBA.
On the newly launched podcast, “7 PM in Brooklyn” featuring Carmelo Anthony and The Kid Mero which was released on Dec. 14, Melo gave his thoughts on why Williamson hasn’t met the expectations placed on him.
“I think from the beginning there was so much put on Zion, like crazy, thrown at him. You have to be the next, you are the logo, like, you are the next guy. We haven’t seen nothing like this since ‘03.” Talking about the hype that surrounded the young player.
He goes into meeting the expectations when he attended Duke but yet, still has to prove himself in the NBA. Melo speaks from experience as he also was a much-talked-about high school player who attended Syracuse, won the championship in his only year of college, and was quickly drafted by the Denver Nuggets less than a year after winning that championship.
But, talent can only get you so far as Melo uses his good friend, LeBron James as an example when it comes to someone who has discipline.
“He needs to be disciplined like, you got to be disciplined when you’re that. We talk about wearing the white hat being disciplined and having longevity. You not going to have that longevity that we all talking about if you’re not disciplined.
“So my message to Zion is discipline. Do what you got to do, embrace, stop running from it, embrace the white hat. I am who I am, this is what I got to do to take that next step. But as a fan you he ain’t got that window right now.”
Melo reiterates the discipline message to the young NBA player if he is supposed to be the next face of the NBA.
“So you have to discipline yourself, you got to start putting the resources into your body like you are Zion Williamson like you are supposed to be that guy you supposed to be. The face of the NBA.”