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CJ McCollum on Zion Williamson slander: 'If he was simply one other man, nobody would actually care, and I believe that's an indication of his greatness'

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Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
“They don’t speak about gamers that aren’t good … If he was simply one other man, nobody would actually care … He’s headed in a very good route.”
CJ McCollum Zion Williamson criticism.
(through @PelsFilmRoom) PM
The Ringer @ringernba
Is Zion able to silence the doubters?
📼: PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Tuesday’s #Pelicans apply report (New Orleans will attempt to construct on Minnesota victory throughout three-game highway journey; afternoon standing updates supplied on Zion Williamson, Matt Ryan): PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion Williamson (left ankle sprain) is listed as questionable for tomorrow’s sport at Washington. – 4:18 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion Williamson listed as questionable tomorrow towards Wizards with a left ankle sprain. – 4:17 PM
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Matters 👉 Zion bounces again, Spurs failing Wembanyama, Randy Wittman (5:20p ET) and @AustinRivers25 (6:20p ET)
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Zion Williamson made a press release vs. the Timberwolves 💪 PM

Zion Williamson responds to criticisms of his conditioning: ‘All I can do is management the issues I can management’…3:14 PM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Zion Williamson bounced again in an enormous means in final evening’s win towards Minnesota
@Scalabrine reacts to Zion’s huge sport amidst current criticism on The Beginning Lineup
@TheFrankIsola | #Pelicans AM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Tuesday’s 5 issues (#Pelicans submit high quality house win towards #NBA-leading Timberwolves; postgame interviews with Zion, McCollum, Inexperienced; motion pictures; New Orleans tied for seventh in West):…10:50 AM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch Zion Williamson bounce again with spectacular, aggressive 36-point sport towards Timberwolves…10:11 AM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Zion Williamson final evening:
✅ 36 PTS
✅ 13-17 FG
✅ 10-12 FT
It’s the thirteenth time he’s scored at the very least 30 factors on 75% capturing from the sphere. The one participant in NBA historical past with extra such video games earlier than his twenty fourth birthday is Shaquille O’Neal (15).
Extra:… AM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Rod Walker: Zion Williamson confronted each criticism and Rudy Gobert on Monday evening…. and dealt with them each activities/pelican… through @nolanews – 9:05 AM
BasketNews @BasketNews_com
The most recent URBONUS episode is right here 🚨
Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo), Errick McCollum (@ErrickM3) & Chima Moneke (@Chimdogg_) talk about Dusko Ivanovic, most underrated EuroLeague gamers & what it’s prefer to cope with Serbian followers:…8:26 AM
Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
The Beginning Lineup with @TheFrankIsola & @Scalabrine is dwell!
🏀 Zion’s Large Evening
🏀 Pistons Dropping Streak
🏀 @alanhahn at 8:00am ET
📻 Hear Stay:
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Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Giannis narrowly beats Zion for participant of the day within the NBA. AM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion shook off the Lakers loss by scoring 36 factors towards the NBA’s top-ranked protection.
“That was a foul efficiency. It don’t take rocket science to see that. … We have now numerous potential. However we even have numerous room for progress.” activities/pelican…12:02 AM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Requested Zion in regards to the Barkley/Shaq critiques: “If it comes from an awesome place and a spot the place they wish to see me do higher, thanks. If it comes from wherever else, everyone entitled to their very own opinion. Can’t management that.” – 11:53 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion Williamson’s final 5 video games vs Rudy Gobert:
— 36 pts, 5 rebs, 13-17 FG
— 43 pts, 5 assts, 14-21 FG
— 26 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assts, 10-17 FG
— 27 pts, 9-14 FG
— 32 pts, 5 rebs, 14-19 FG – 11:05 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Willie Inexperienced on the Pelicans’ — and Zion’s — response Monday: “The largest issues is, ‘What can we management?’ We will decide as a group that we wish to guard. That we are able to talk on the ground. That we are able to rebound the ball.” – 11:03 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
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Now THIS was the actual Zion Williamson with a dominant sport as New Orleans Pelicans beat the TWolves… PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Okay, about to report I obtained some ideas about Zion and the Pelicans after this sport. Going to be speaking Stephen A Smith’s feedback as effectively – 10:43 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Zion Williamson racked up season-high 36 pts to steer #Pelicans to 121-107 house victory over West-leading Timberwolves. CJ McCollum 23 pts, Brandon Ingram 20 pts. Postgame wrap: PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Closing: Pelicans 121, Wolves 107
Williamson 36 pts (13-17 FG)
McCollum 23 pts
Ingram 20 pts, 5 assts
Zion comes again with a serious response on his first outing for the reason that ugly loss within the IST. He scores a season-high 36, and the Pels huge 3 every rating 20+ in the identical sport. Large win. – 10:34 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Tonight marks simply the 2nd time ever Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and CJ McCollum have every scored 20+ factors in the identical sport.
The primary time they did it was within the season opener vs Brooklyn final season. – 10:32 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
NOP 121, MIN 107
Pelicans and Zion performed like a group that had been roasted for five straight days.
Wolves missed Anthony Edwards’ offense on this one. Too many fouls dedicated.
Good to see McDaniels and McLaughlin again on the courtroom. – 10:31 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Closing: Pelicans 121, Timberwolves 107
Zion scores a season-high 36 factors. Shot 13 of 17 from the sphere towards the NBA’s top-ranked protection.
CJ McCollum 23 factors.
New Orleans is 9-4 at SKC. – 10:30 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Zion Williamson has taken every kind of warmth from each nook of the basketball world for the reason that Pelicans’ loss to the Lakers. How did he reply in his first sport since?
36 factors (season-high)
5 rebounds
2 assists
1 steal/block
1 turnover
13-17 FGs
10-12 FTs – 10:29 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Zion tonight:
36 PTS
13-17 FG
Extra factors tonight than he had in his final 2 video games mixed.…10:27 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans’ Large 3 vs Minnesota:
Zion Williamson — 36 pts, 5 rebs, 13-17 FG
CJ McCollum — 23 pts, 4 rebs 8-15 FG
Brandon Ingram — 20 pts, 5 assts, 5-13 FG – 10:27 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Seemingly each time Brandon Ingram throws a ball pretend, good issues occur. That point, two Timberwolves obtained up within the air and BI flipped it to CJ McCollum for the vast open 3.
Pelicans ought to have this one within the bag, main 119-104 with 1:33 remaining. – 10:26 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
FYI: Zion’s career-high in scoring is 43 factors towards Minnesota final season.
He’s as much as 36 now with 4:40 left. – 10:19 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion Williamson simply tied his season-high with 33 factors on 12-16 capturing. Actually good response from him tonight. He’s been constantly aggressive on offense and his ending has been excellent. – 10:14 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
It regarded like he had no room baseline. Zion Williamson scored the lay-in with ease. Pelicans up 106-94 on the Timberwolves. with 5:21 remaining.
Z’s as much as 33 factors (on 12-16 capturing from the sphere, Sept. 11 from the free throw line), tying his season-high. – 10:14 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Hell of a bounce again for Zion and the Pels, even when the Wolves don’t have Ant. – 10:13 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion ties his season-high with 33 factors. Nonetheless 5:21 left. He’s 12 of 16 from the sphere. Fairly the response coming off Thursday. – 10:13 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Good run by the Pelicans after the Timberwolves had been inside 4 factors.
– CJ McCollum 3
– Herb Jones and-1
– CJ McCollum 3
Pelicans lead the Timberwolves 99-86 with 9:06 remaining in regulation. – 10:03 PM
Jon Krawczynski @JonKrawczynski
Some unhealthy misses from 3 for the Wolves, who haven’t been capable of minimize into the NOP lead with Zion and Ingram on the bench – 10:03 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Zion has 29 pts after third quarter (BTW his profession excessive is 43 pts vs. Minnesota in December of final season). Wolves PG Jordan McLaughlin #AlwaysHeave good from halfcourt makes it NOLA 90-86 – 9:55 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
The Pelicans shot 19 free throws within the third quarter. They made 14. Zion is 9 of 11 from the road. – 9:55 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Finish of third: Pelicans 90, Wolves 86
Williamson 29 pts (14 in third)
McCollum 14 pts
Ingram 12 pts, 3 assts
Free throws
NOP: 23-31
MIN: 10-13 – 9:55 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
The Timberwolves have been referred to as for 11 fouls within the third quarter. Zion has drawn 4 of these fouls. – 9:53 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
All I’m saying right here is that is the Zion we’ve been seeing for the previous 10 (ish) video games. I don’t assume that is some enormous response to the Lakers loss. I believe the narrative/discourse round him actually obtained muddled shortly in a reactionary means – 9:51 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion’s getting wherever he desires to on the ground. He’s obtained the look tonight. He’s as much as 26 factors and 5 rebounds on 10-14 capturing. – 9:36 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
So is the a response from Zion or is that this how’s he’s been moreover the Lakers sport?
Possibly a little bit of each? – 9:36 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Zion Williamson off to an awesome begin right here within the third quarter. Some actually powerful finishes that he’s made look straightforward. Pelicans up 75-63 whereas Z is as much as 24 factors. – 9:36 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion appears to be like energized. – 9:35 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
If the Pelicans get this model of pissed off Zion, as an alternative of a moping Zion, then at the very least one thing good can have come from all of this nonsense. – 9:27 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
That was absurd by Zion. The contact excessive off the glass is insanely tough – 9:24 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
That was a loopy end by Zion – 9:24 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Finish of 1st half: Pelicans 59, Wolves 52
Williamson 15 pts, 4 rebs
McCollum 12 pts
Ingram 10 pts
Pels had been fairly sleepy for essentially the most half, however they obtained sufficient stops late within the 2nd to take a 7-point lead into halftime. Gotta deal with the 9 turnovers on offense as effectively. – 9:09 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Brandon Ingram banks in a 3 on the halftime buzzer. Pels lead Wolves by 7. Zion with 15 factors. – 9:08 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Jose Alvarado was a bit shaken up after making an attempt to take a cost to shut the first quarter. Pelicans & Timberwolves all twisted up at 29 apiece.
CJ McCollum was most important supply of offense early (8 factors, 3-4 FGs) and Zion Williamson closed the primary body effectively (9 factors, 3-5 FGs) – 8:41 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Finish of 1st: Pelicans 29, Wolves 29
Williamson 9 pts, 3 rebs
McCollum 8 pts
Daniels 5 pts
Pels turned the ball over 5 instances and gave up 6 factors on these errors. Gotta be extra sound with the ball, particularly with Minnesota lacking considered one of their greatest perimeter defenders. – 8:40 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion beginning to achieve some steam now with this small-ball lineup on the ground. He’s scored on a pair putbacks and simply had a robust drive to the rack that resulted in two free throws.
He’s obtained 9 factors on 3-5 capturing. – 8:38 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
That putback dunk by Zion Williamson is what everybody’s been ready to see. – 8:35 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans wished to hit Zion Williamson within the submit on the sport’s first play, however Karl-Anthony Cities did a very good job of denying him the basketball.
Zion is taking part in with numerous vitality to start this one. It’s noticeable. – 8:12 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
A loud ovation for Zion Williamson in pregame introductions. His was the loudest of any New Orleans Pelicans member for certain. – 8:09 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
CJ McCollum
Herb Jones
Brandon Ingram
Zion Williamson
Jonas Valanciunas
No Anthony Edwards for Minnesota. – 7:36 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans starters:
CJ McCollum
Herb Jones
Brandon Ingram
Zion Williamson
Jonas Valanciunas
Minnesota can be with out Anthony Edwards and Jaden McDaniels – 7:34 PM

Extra on this storyline

Zion Williamson’s poor work ethic has been a supply of frustration for the Pelicans since they drafted him No. 1 in 2019. The Pelicans have tried to encompass Williamson with veterans who’ve monitor data of maximizing their potential. The group signed JJ Redick in 2019. In 2022, they traded for CJ McCollum. None of it has made an impression. The Pelicans have repeatedly harassed to Williamson that his eating regimen and conditioning want to enhance. Williamson, a number of group sources have instructed The Occasions-Picayune, “doesn’t hear.” -via New Orleans Occasions-Picayune / December 8, 2023
Every participant will get $500,000 for successful the title, $200,000 for second place and $100,000 for reaching the semifinals. A $500,000 prize received’t alter the world for Pelicans stars Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Zion Williamson, who will earn greater than $30 million every this season. However for Alvarado, it’s a major monetary increase as a result of he makes $1.8 million this season and had earned $3 million whole in his NBA profession earlier than this season. “I want all that. I want each penny I can depend on,” Alvarado stated. “The cash is nice, that’s why you wish to hold successful. We wish to hold going increased and better. So, we huge on that. All people is huge on that. All people desires to win the sport as a result of we love the sport. However that’s an enormous half on the finish of the day. -via Andscape / December 7, 2023
Jim Eichenhofer: CJ McCollum, requested how he felt in regards to the #Pelicans outlook after they reached the knockout stage of In-Season Event: “I used to be very assured. I felt like we had a extremely good probability to make the most of the chance in entrance of us, with us having a extra wholesome roster.” -via Twitter @Jim_Eichenhofer / December 6, 2023
Zion Williamson: “In case you love the town, which I very a lot do, it’ll love you again. So to the town, to the followers… thanks. I’m going to do my greatest to not let y’all down.” -via Twitter @hoopshype / December 12, 2023
Will Guillory: Zion Williamson on the heavy criticism he’s obtained these days: “It’s been like that since I used to be 16 years outdated; since I got here onto the scene. If I wish to be the most effective gamers within the league, if we don’t win in an enormous second or if one thing unhealthy occurs, that’s to be anticipated.” -via Twitter @WillGuillory / December 12, 2023



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