This must be hard to believe, because he is now making millions, but Zion Williamson says that it wasn’t as simple of a choice to just end up in the NBA. Williamson had to be convinced by other to go to the NFL over coming back to Duke.
“Nobody ever believes me,” Williamson said. “They think I’m just saying that, but no. I genuinely wanted to go back.”
As Williamson explained, he knew that the NBA would still be there after his sophomore season. He could always make the leap then.
While you might think Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski would have been fully on board with Williamson coming back, that wasn’t actually the case. Williamson said Krzyzewski would not have allowed him to return to Duke. Williamson said Krzyzewski wanted Williamson to do what was best for his family, and that meant Williamson would have to go pro.
Eventually, Williamson was convinced to make the leap after talking with his mom and stepdad. They convinced Williamson that going to the NBA was the right choice. They argued that Williamson had worked for that opportunity his entire life, and he couldn’t pass it up now.
The No. 1 overall pick in the draft got a two-year, $20 million deal, plus a $75 million shoe deal with Jordan, and he is yet to play in an NBA regular season game….