The top overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft was seen in the New Orleans Pelicans’ bench until the final buzzer of the match as they played against the Utah Jazz.
The reason why the 2020 Rookie of the Year contender sat on the sidelines while their opponent slowly taking over the game is because of minutes restriction.
Williamson left the NBA bubble as the league prepares for its scrimmage schedule due to family matters.
“We wish we could have played Zion down the stretch,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said postgame.
“But he had used the minutes that had been given to us. That’s just the way it is. We weren’t going to stick him back out there. Our medical team said we played for us to play him.”
“I thought he looked good. I thought he had some good moments, and obviously, we’re a much better and a much different basketball team when he’s out on the floor.”
The 6-foot-8 Williamson only logged 15 minutes but he was efficient as he dropped 13 points.
Williamson also had several dazzling moments along with his teammate Lonzo Ball.
“They weren’t holding me back,” Williamson said postgame. “Yeah, I did want to be out there, but we’re just working my way back into my flow. That’s all it is.”
Just like what Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said, New Orleans is a different squad when Williamson is on the court and for sure he will be unleashed in their next game versus the Los Angeles Clippers this coming August 2.