Pelicans: Make it fun for Zion Williamson
If you watched LeBron James at the end of his first stint in Cleveland, you saw a guy who was burned out.
His back was broken from carrying a bunch of garbage rosters to the Finals. His teams were full of old guys, LeBron wasn’t having fun and it wasn’t a hard sell for Pat Riley and Dwyane Wade to convince him to come to Miami.
The Pelicans looked to be headed down this path last season with an older head coach in Stan Van Gundy and grumpy veterans like Redick and Bledsoe, who sulked and played poorly for most of the season.
I love that the Pels are finally surrounding Zion with guys his own age and a younger head coach who already looks to be jelling with the team more than SVG ever did.
If Zion Williamson has a young team to grow with, he’s going to feel much more compelled to stay, as it will be more enjoyable personally and hopefully a more entertaining style of play than the iso-ball the Pels relied heavily on last season.
It looks like David Griffin has learned from some of his errors and I give him credit for changing the direction of the team quickly to avoid the same mistakes the Cavaliers did when they wasted the first seven years of LeBron