Zion Williamson: Kobe Bryant reveals insight on NBA prospect after injury update | Other | Sport

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That is the view of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Williamson, who has been phenomenal for the Blue Devils this season, is expected to be the first overall pick in this year’s NBA draft.

But last week, he suffered a major setback as he injured his knee in the first minute of Duke’s game against North Carolina.

In a freak accident, Williamson attempted to turn, but his foot went straight through his sneaker and twisted his knee.

Despite jogging in the hallway and trying to prove he could carry on, the 18-year-old was taken out of the game and was left to team doctors to recover.

While he is still set to go first in the draft, many called for Zion to shut it down for the season and wait for June’s draft.

However, Bryant insisted that Williamson should return to the court if he can, because he made a commitment to the college to play.

“Players should be able to choose and decide what the hell they want to do, to be honest,” he said to The Undefeated.

“Whether you want to go to college or not really depends on you.

“In terms of Zion, if he’s healthy, he should go play.

“He made a decision to go to college and injuries are a part of that process and sometimes you get hurt, sometimes you don’t, man.

“But you made the decision to go to college and you made your commitment to the university, then by all means finish your commitment.

“I expect him to get healthy, get his knee better or whatever it was and come out and kick a**”

Williamson could return on Friday night against the Miami Hurricanes.

In his absence, RJ Barrett scored 30 points against Syracuse and 21 against Virginia Tech Hokies.



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