Zion Williamson shouldn't play for the Pelicans if he doesn't want to - Stephen A. | First Take

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  • Published: 16 May 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith says if Zion Williamson is disinterested in representing the New Orleans Pelicans, he has every right to inform David Griffin he wants to play elsewhere.
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Comments • 2 107

  • Cavalier 007
    Cavalier 007  1 months back

    Honestly. NOLA NEEDS TO CHANGE THEIR MASCOT NAME. The name Pelicans ALONE will make a young rookie not want to be there. I was VERY SHOCKED when I saw this name for the first time. It's really stupid regardless of the reason behind it. Get a more appropriate name down there people SERIOUSLY! What NBA player wants a fucking pelican on his chest??? It's almost as ridiculous as wearing a penis logo on your jersey . The NOLA Penises sounds better than Pelicans lol!

    • Rundolf Abellaneda
      Rundolf Abellaneda  1 months back

      What.ever .!.

      • smith lovy
        smith lovy  2 months back

        Stephen A:
        "If AD wants out of New Orleans, he should say so"

        "If Zion doesn't want to go to New Orleans, he should say so"

        Also Stephen A: Kristaps wants out of New York
        "He's a bum!"

        • Zen Master
          Zen Master  2 months back

          Complete fucking bs. No player drafted should be able to choose where they go until they become a free agent. These amazing athletes have trained pretty much their entire lives with the hopes of reaching the nba and should be grateful they’ve made it. Lol they’ll make more in 10 years than most all people make in their entire lifetime. Like for real, if you go to a shit team as a top pick, man the fuck up and just ball out aka do what you’ve trained to do. Then when you’ve solidified yourself as a great player and free agency hits, get that max deal from a team/city you want to play for and be in.

          • Blacks4 Trump
            Blacks4 Trump  2 months back

            Maybe your right stephen. That body language look suspicious

            • Saturius Robertson
              Saturius Robertson  3 months back

              What It is . Zion and KD are Grown. Management. Let Them Make There's Own Deals 😉 45$

              • Stoned Son
                Stoned Son  3 months back

                If he chose not to play for the pelicans then that would be his choice I don't see anything wrong with it, it's his own career

                • Eric Koehler
                  Eric Koehler  3 months back

                  Ridiculous how people think they can just create narratives by putting words into other peoples mouths. Absolutely no point to even talk about this considering he hasn’t said or given any indication that he would ever do this. ESPN must need the views

                  • Baby James
                    Baby James  3 months back

                    Maybe he should just go to the D-League to generate some popularity for that.

                    • Max Heimann
                      Max Heimann  3 months back

                      best thing about the draft lottery - zion williamson not to the knicks, anthony davis not to the lakers, cause he`s going to stay on a max deal....

                      • Domenic Manchisi
                        Domenic Manchisi  3 months back

                        Good advice from his step dad sounds like a real dad.

                        • Domenic Manchisi
                          Domenic Manchisi  3 months back

                          It so disappointing espn is so negative

                          • Tom Patnode
                            Tom Patnode  3 months back

                            It's true other incoming rookies have demanded trades before playing a game. But I do not like/ respect them for it and I don't think it respects the game. I hope Zion goes where he is drafted and wish him the best of luck

                            • Andre Borney
                              Andre Borney  3 months back

                              STFU SAS, you just salty you team didnt get them. Talking bout if he doesent want to.. he dont have a choice.

                              • Rico Kowalski
                                Rico Kowalski  3 months back

                                did he tell you he don't wanna play there?
                                stop it...talk bout facts... speculation killed alot...

                                • joseph cortez
                                  joseph cortez  3 months back

                                  stephen a wants zion in new york so bad. lol

                                  • Ala Valteon Tv
                                    Ala Valteon Tv  3 months back

                                    Stephen a inside source lied to him thinking Zion was headed to ny 😂

                                    • Ala Valteon Tv
                                      Ala Valteon Tv  3 months back

                                      I would play for the pelicans in a bird suit

                                      • Khult Herro
                                        Khult Herro  3 months back

                                        The draft in team sports is remnants of slavery and ownership of a person. If I was the best at computer programming, Google, Amazon, or Microsoft can't own me and dictate where I will work. In sports, the corporate teams owns me, and they tell me where to work, and dictate how much they pay me without the freedom to reject the offer and go work for another team. That is collusion. A person in any profession should be able to choose where they want to be employed. Works for every company on the planet except team sports.

                                        • babydyran
                                          babydyran  3 months back

                                          Is this the same Stephen A who said he should continue playing at Duke when he got injured and everyone else said to sit, but now with a professional contract it's time to down tools???

                                          • Vosovogalsyncope
                                            Vosovogalsyncope  3 months back

                                            After hurricane Katrina, Zion will bring money to the city good for them.

                                            • mike garcia
                                              mike garcia  3 months back

                                              I’m a New Yorker! Good Grief! A lot (not all) of the Knicks fans are the BIGGEST CRY BABIES IN SPORTS!!!! The best team in NY is in Brooklyn!!!!!

                                              • Myles Henry
                                                Myles Henry  3 months back

                                                When did where you get drafted become a choice. Defeats the whole point of the the drafting process.

                                                • Apex Reign
                                                  Apex Reign  3 months back

                                                  Stephen A wants everyone to go to the Knicks

                                                  • Michael Still
                                                    Michael Still  3 months back

                                                    They try giving the players wwwaaaayy too much power lol

                                                    • PP Wieners
                                                      PP Wieners  3 months back

                                                      zion couldn't win in college …. injuries will come easy.

                                                      • Gordo Skinny
                                                        Gordo Skinny  3 months back

                                                        Lmao are you serious?

                                                        • Ernesto Valenzuela
                                                          Ernesto Valenzuela  3 months back

                                                          That's what he said last year for Phoenix.... hater

                                                          • Salmon Lewis
                                                            Salmon Lewis  3 months back

                                                            New Orleans bout to lose the NFC championship, Anthony Davis, and Zion in a year 😂

                                                          • Joe B
                                                            Joe B  3 months back

                                                            He will say and do anything to hate on Zion for not going to the Knicks and that's all it is. It's not really about what organization is really better. He acts like a Demacrat when Trump Won

                                                            • Brooks Family
                                                              Brooks Family  3 months back

                                                              SAS just wanted Zion to go to the Knicks.

                                                              • Jonathan Wick
                                                                Jonathan Wick  3 months back

                                                                I love hearing SAS screaming in my ears early in the morning

                                                                • Jonathan Wick
                                                                  Jonathan Wick  3 months back

                                                                  What happened to SAS voice😂

                                                                  • david cone jr
                                                                    david cone jr  3 months back

                                                                    SAS is such a fucking idiot...the MF plays for the team that drafts him period...do yourself a favor SAS...go suck Zion`s cock you tool

                                                                    • Space Ghost Skaduwee's Perspective

                                                                      SAS? Stahp. Since we all saw how you previously complained and damn near cried about the draft pick the Knicks got, we know your comments are coming from a New York Knicks point of view. The subtle jabs at a low market team are just crazy. You want the Lakers and Knicks to have ALLLLLL the players, "witcho" SELFISH ASS??? Have a seat sir.

                                                                      • Phone Home
                                                                        Phone Home  3 months back

                                                                        This let's you know NBA is rigged.

                                                                        • Trent Lejeune
                                                                          Trent Lejeune  3 months back

                                                                          Sound like a biased fan who’s team didn’t get Zion. I think that’s ridiculous, that someone who should be grateful to make millions for putting a ball In hoop when soiliders are dying for less than 50,000 a year gets to be picky on where he is privileged to get drafted. Zion is a high character guy, and i know he won’t cause a problem, but how selfish is it for all these analyst to only look at the biggest money maker for a team or corporation like an nba franchise who are already billionaires

                                                                          • Jacob Lestina
                                                                            Jacob Lestina  3 months back

                                                                            Shit I’ll play for the pelicans

                                                                            • Raul Andujar
                                                                              Raul Andujar  3 months back

                                                                              To Stephen A. and all Knicks fans, the dream to land Zion is over. You already woke up from it. He is going to the Pelicans and have a great career there. Just hope you land two great max free agents and draft Zion's teammate from Duke. Your beloved Knicks will be fine.

                                                                              • Pure Fire
                                                                                Pure Fire  3 months back

                                                                                It’s dang shame that these analysts bash teams and quote on quote smaller markets. The power of the tongue can keep the NBA in the predicament it’s in, where ppl don’t want to just go play basketball, they’ll be more focused on the size of the market. Having the opportunity to play in the NBA and being able to make a team better if you are drafted there should be the mentality!

                                                                                • dakliq420
                                                                                  dakliq420  3 months back

                                                                                  I love how sick New York media and fans are LMFAO! You bring a big star to a small market to build the market people.

                                                                                  • Darrel Hintz
                                                                                    Darrel Hintz  3 months back

                                                                                    He should play for the team that drafts him

                                                                                    • JeevS GOne
                                                                                      JeevS GOne  3 months back

                                                                                      Steven A salty af. Knicks wont be winning a championship even after espn closes down. Ps: zion is a bust

                                                                                      • ddomdom
                                                                                        ddomdom  3 months back

                                                                                        AD was such a potential talent and he showed it from how he carried the Pelicans. But they failed to build a successful team around him, after so many years, that wasted his talent, and that's also why AD wants out.
                                                                                        Zion knows it and he doesn't want to be the next AD.

                                                                                        • Lavar Bull
                                                                                          Lavar Bull  3 months back

                                                                                          Why wouldn't he want to play with ANTHONY FUCKING DAVIS? That could literally be one of the most dominant duos in the league in a couple of years.

                                                                                          • David Wags
                                                                                            David Wags  3 months back

                                                                                            Well guess what ? He’s going to play for the Pelicans ! So cry me a river !

                                                                                            • Luc Gagne
                                                                                              Luc Gagne  3 months back

                                                                                              Come on Stephen A...you know this is not good for the sport....

                                                                                              • Rex Vargas
                                                                                                Rex Vargas  3 months back

                                                                                                Zion is simply overrated.