June 15, 2021

Zion Williamson puts on historic three-minute show in NBA debut, somehow exceeds extraordinary hype

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.

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