In the most anticipated NBA debut since LeBron James first suited up for his hometown Cavaliers in 2003, Zion Williamson, after sitting out the first three months of the season with a torn meniscus, took the court for his first regular-season game with the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday. And he put on a three-minute show that nobody, in a million years, could’ve ever expected.
It took a while for Williamson to find his way. He scored two points in the first half and looked supremely out of sorts, playing in choppy four-minute stints that stunted any semblance of rhythm he might’ve been able to establish. But then came the fourth quarter, when Williamson exploded for 17 consecutive points — including four 3-pointers — in 3 minutes, 29 seconds of action.