Zion Williamson seems to be one of the crucial level-headed rookies this season, however Anthony Davis says the New Orleans Pelicans rookie “sort of hates” him.
Although one may assume that the problem that Williamson has with Davis is because of the former Pelicans star’s refusal to stick with the franchise regardless of buying the No. 1 decide of the 2019 NBA Draft, it’s supposedly an incident from Williamson’s highschool days.
“He sort of hates me after he mentioned I didn’t give him an autograph in highschool,” Davis mentioned in response to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “I didn’t actually see him [at the time]. He mentioned he needed my autograph in highschool or one thing like that.”
Although the Los Angeles Lakers ahead doesn’t appear to be the sort to deliberately refuse a child an autograph, Davis’ “snub” has led Williamson to attempt to signal autographs for each younger fan that asks for it.
“I attempt to signal each child’s autograph,” Williamson mentioned in a video documentary in 2016. “I don’t need to flip slightly child down as a result of I do know it’s going to damage them as a result of it damage me. Anthony Davis, John Wall turned me down. So I attempt to signal everyone’s.”
Regardless of the misunderstanding that occurred between the 2, Davis mentioned he’s keen to present his time to Williamson to assist him efficiently get by means of his rookie season.
“However no, I don’t actually have a relationship with him,” Davis added. “If he ever needed to achieve out, I’d be more than pleased to speak to him, simply sort of stroll him by means of my expertise on the market and simply within the league typically.”
Williamson had a sensational debut versus the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. In solely 18 minutes of motion, the Duke College phenom scored 22 factors on 8-of-11 capturing from the sphere and 4-of-Four from 3-point vary to associate with seven rebounds and three assists.
New Orleans misplaced, 121-117, however Williamson’s long-awaited NBA debut lastly occurred after he missed the primary few months of the season resulting from a knee damage.