“We are fired up [about coming to New Orleans],” Lee Anderson advised the “Off the Bench” radio clearly show on 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge on Thursday. “We are psyched about that.”
Anderson answered concerns about his stepson’s intentions after speculation that Williamson could possibly not want to go to New Orleans, a franchise in flux immediately after star Anthony Davis requested a trade previous year.
Although Williamson has not signed with an agent or worked out a shoe deal and could theoretically return for a second yr at Duke, the 18-yr-outdated has not publicly even hinted at spurning the draft. In reality, he has claimed that whilst he loves Duke, he feels he has to just take the next step and depart.
“And you mentioned about returning to Duke … there has been a large amount of speculation, but that is nothing at all that we have even regarded,” Anderson mentioned.
Williamson and his family have been in speak to with the Pelicans and are planning the following methods with the staff.
“I spoke with Mentor [Alvin] Gentry the other evening [Tuesday] and we satisfied with [vice president of basketball operations] Mr. Griffin, David Griffin, and then I spoke with him once again last night [Wednesday],” Anderson stated. “We had a wonderful conversation and we are energized about the potential customers of coming down there and finding settled and hunting for a place to keep and all of these superior issues.”
The Knicks, Cavaliers and Hawks experienced the finest prospects to gain the NBA draft lottery Tuesday at fourteen % each individual. But the Pelicans turned their six p.c opportunity into the best choose. Numerous saw Williamson and the Big Apple as a purely natural suit.
“One particular thing that Zion has constantly been taught, you take the factors you cannot change, you improve the things that you can modify, and this is just one of the factors that he experienced almost nothing to do with,” Anderson said. “It can be the course of action of the NBA.”
Amid the tumult all-around Davis, the Pelicans went 33-forty nine final year and missed the playoffs. They were being coming off a forty eight-34 marketing campaign and a decline in the Western Conference semifinals, so large hopes went down the drain. And the Davis saga has however not been fixed. But New Orleans now has the prospect of including the college or university participant of the year to entice him to continue to be.
Anderson was questioned if Williamson’s final decision not to indicator with an agent or ink a shoe offer intended that the loved ones was leaving open the chance of a return to faculty.
“We just really feel that you will find no real hurry to do this ideal now,” he explained to the radio demonstrate. “You will not get numerous possibilities in existence to have the leverage and the possibility to manage your possess narrative, so consequently we sense like we are in posture proper now to do that, and we just want to make confident when we do whatever it is that we do, it can be the correct final decision. … We just want to make certain we do it suitable.”
Williamson appears to be shut to his stepfather, posting a Father’s Working day information on Instagram very last June thanking Anderson for becoming “there for me due to the fact I was 4, teaching me the game I really like and displaying me how to be a person.”