It’s been hard for New Orleans to fully embrace a basketball superstar because they keep leaving or being traded: Pete Maravich, Chris Paul and most recently Anthony Davis.
So when the city has already swooned over Zion Williamson and he says that “I’ve always told myself I want to stay with one team. Growing up, I loved what Kobe did and Dirk did, and I think if anybody’s a Michael Jordan fan, they kinda erase the Wizards thing. He still did very well there, but at the end of the day, I don’t think people look at it from the business point of view. Some people want to stay with one team but they get traded. My intentions are to stay with the Pelicans my whole career, but if something happens, I wouldn’t leave because I hate the place. It’s just the business.”
If New Orleans trades him after he bonds with the city the way he has, there’s going to be trouble.