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New Orleans Has A Plan for Zion Williamson

It’s not just recovery but retraining every aspect of his body.

NBA: Preseason-New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs
Oct 13, 2019; San Antonio, TX, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) lays the ball in against San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl (25) at the AT&T Center.
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In the 1970s, ABC offered viewers the Six Million Dollar Man, the story of Steve Austin, an astronaut who suffered a terrible crash and who was subsequently rebuilt bionically for six million dollars.

That’s six million dollars in 1970s money and technology. Poor guy. He must have had four inch processors popping out of his skin constantly.

Cheap ones too! No rounded edges.

New Orleans is not trying to make Zion Williamson their version of a six million dollar man. First, he’s basically bionic already and second, he’s worth a lot more than six million.

They are trying to reprogram him, however.

The Pelicans are trying to retrain Williamson from the ground up. As we all know, he has an entirely unique body for a basketball player. We’ve never seen anyone with his mass and explosiveness in basketball before. A lot of people keep saying he’s too heavy and obviously he’s a heavy guy, but it’s not like he’s fat. He’s just built differently. Teaching him how to move in a way that reduces the possibility of injury is probably a very smart way to approach his situation.

Actually, the Kings took a very similar approach with fellow former Blue Devil Harry Giles when he was first drafted now that we think of it and he’s been injury-free so far.