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Zion Doing Good Stuff, Even When It’s Not Really Zion

It just underscores how New Orleans has taken to its young superstar.

NBA: Miami Heat at New Orleans Pelicans
Mar 6, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives against Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala (28) and forward Solomon Hill (44) in the second half at the Smoothie King Center.
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This is not something we expected to see in the midst of the current pandemic: a New Orleans church has used Zion Williamson, in puppet form, to help teach children to wash their hands. Here’s part of what the Rev. Shawn Anglim had to say: “Zion is Nola. Why did I invite Zion to be with us today? Zion did a beautiful thing. In a moment of great anxiety, he figured out there was something he could do that was easy for him to do. When you have $10 million sitting around, why not give $5 million away, amen?”

You can only give away $5 million so many times, but point taken.

It’s just another way to measure how thoroughly Williamson has penetrated the psyche of New Orleans. He’s really become, in very short order, a dominant personality in the Crescent City. And given how many strong, not to say eccentric personalities there are there, that’s really saying something powerful.