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Hard Knox: What It Was Like To Guard Zion Williamson In His First NBA Game

As Duke fans know, it’s not an easy job

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2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Day 1 - New York Knicks v New Orleans Pelicans
Las Vegas, NV - JULY 5: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans battles for possession of the ball during the game against Kevin Knox #20 of the New York Knicks during Day 1 of the 2019 Las Vegas Summer League on July 5, 2019 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Kevin Knox talked about going up against Zion Williamson this summer, saying “The atmosphere was crazy. It was like a playoff game. The crowd was screaming. Zion is a great player. He’s young, and he’s going to have a lot of stuff to work on. But he’s very powerful and gets to the rim really well.

“The coaches asked me if I was ready for the challenge, and I said I was. That’s what I worked on all summer. I was ready to play defensively against Zion, somebody that’s a powerful-type player with his athleticism.”

And Zion was just the first earthquake of the day.

It’ll be interesting to see what how the Knicks deal with Williamson when he’s in good shape, which he wasn't during summer league.

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