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JJ Redick rips Zion Williamson for being ‘indifferent’

New Orleans Pelicans All-Star ahead Zion Williamson has missed your complete 2021-22 NBA season, up to now, as he continues to rehab from offseason surgical procedure to restore a fracture in his proper foot. Some questioned Williamson’s dedication to returning to motion as quickly as potential late final fall, months earlier than it was lately discovered he might require a second surgical procedure on the foot that presumably would sideline him via the rest of the marketing campaign. 

The Pelicans acquired Portland Path Blazers guard CJ McCollum earlier than this month’s commerce deadline, and McCollum made headlines over the weekend when he stated he hasn’t but spoken to Williamson. Former NBA guard and present ESPN analyst JJ Redick, who hung out as Williamson’s teammate throughout the earlier two seasons, closely criticized the 21-year-old throughout Tuesday’s version of ESPN’s “First Take.”

“There is a accountability that you’ve as an athlete if you play a workforce sport to be absolutely invested,” Redick defined throughout feedback about Williamson, per Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “You are absolutely invested in your physique, you are absolutely invested in your work and also you’re absolutely invested in your teammates. That’s your accountability, and we’ve not seen that from Zion.

“That is one thing I addressed with Zion in entrance of the workforce. That is going again to his rookie 12 months.” 

Like Williamson, Redick performed his school basketball with the Duke Blue Devils. 

“This simply exhibits a whole lack of funding in your workforce, within the group, within the metropolis,” Redick added about Williamson not reaching out to McCollum. “I get that he is damage and away from the workforce, however you simply traded for one of many 50 finest gamers within the league — a man that is presupposed to be paired with you. Attain out and say, ‘Hi there.’ This can be a sample of habits with Zion that we’re seeing many times. I used to be his teammate, I can describe him as a indifferent teammate, that’s an correct assertion.”

Redick additionally stated that Williamson’s “sample of habits” is “worrisome” because it pertains to the massive man’s funding in wanting to assist the Pelicans win video games and enhance.  

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