Zion Williamson has yet to play a game in the NBA, and already there are some concerns lingering about his health and longevity.
The good news is that the New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie avoided a more severe injury, but this is the second time since Williamson was drafted that he’s had an injury scare — he was shut down after one game of Summer League — which has raised questions about his durability.
RADIO.COM’s “Scal & Pals” host Brian Scalabrine, who played 11 seasons in the NBA, recommended that the 6-foot-6, 285-pound forward seek LeBron James for advice on how to take care of himself.
“First and foremost, he has to take care of his body,” Scalabrine said on his show Friday. “He has to eat right, all of it matters. You eat bad one day, you overeat, it stresses your body and leads to injury. If he can get to LeBron and just have conversations with LeBron about what Lebron does.”
James, who stands at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, is entering his 16th season in the league and has played in at least 70 games in all but two of them.
“LeBron is meticulous — he changes his diet around, all the stuff that he eats ate certain times — it’s all salad, and it’s different at different times," Scalabrine continued. [Williamson] needs to lean towards that to have the longevity. It’s not a number to me, it’s about being efficient, it’s about wear and tear. If he can carry around 265-275 and it’s great, and he’s doing it with a clean diet, it’s fine. If he’s not watching that stuff and working out the way he needs to, his career will be cut short. So, his potential is unlimited if he takes care of his body.”