New Orleans Pelicans: 3 ideas for a Zion Williamson children’s book

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – JANUARY 28: Zion Williamson #1 talks with Lonzo Ball #2 of the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on January 28, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

1. Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball join a three-man team with the Ugly Duckling

Working with the classics is always a foundational part of the children’s writing market, especially when using such an essential figure like the Ugly Duckling. Already a figure of children’s literature history, it would be a character that would warm the hearts of many.

In the classic story, the Ugly Duckling runs away from home after his brother and sister ducks aren’t big fans of his different colors. From there, several other duck families continue to throw shade at the Young Ugly, until he finds a family that loves his differences.

Finding a way to fit into a classic story, our hero, the Ugly Duckling, is sick of getting picked on by the other ducks in the playground, mostly because his jump shot is very broken.

One day, the duckling is shooting jump shots in his driveway, crying while continuing to brick open threes.

Suddenly, Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson, and New Orleans Pelicans’ shooting guru Fred Vinson are walking down the street eating street tacos when they see a sad duck struggling with his shot.

Zion asks the Ugly Duckling what’s wrong and reaffirms that you don’t need a jump shot to be a great player, you just need to work hard.

However, after Lonzo and Coach Fred help the duckling bring his wing in a little more on the right side, the Duckling is straight cash from 24-feet out.

Zion, Lonzo, and The Ugly Duckling then travel to the local basketball court, where they find three of the bully ducks playing a round of 21, but then challenge them to a little three on three. Of course, Zion and Lonzo are NBA players so the game goes fairly quickly.

On the last point of the game, Team Ugly Duckling is up 20-2 and the team captain himself is waiting on the wing.

Lonzo dumps it to Zion in the low post, who then whips it out to the Ugly Duckling for a wide-open bucket; game, set, match.

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