All eyes will be on Zion Williamson at Pelicans’ media day

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

The New Orleans Pelicans start training camp next week but before they do, the team will go through the sometimes miserable process known as media day.

When is Pelicans’ media day?

Like most teams in the NBA, Pelicans’ media day is on September 26th at 11 AM ET. You will find livestream information for every team here.

This annual ritual allows media outlets to ask questions of the players, with hype, bold proclamations and optimism abounding.

When it comes to the New Orleans Pelicans, most of the bodies and cameras are going to be around one guy, Zion Williamson.

Zion Williamson and Pelicans’ media day

It’s always interesting to take a look back at media day, but not much has changed for Zion Williamson, whose body and health will once again be the focus of most of the attention.

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Last year, Zion was injured, but we all thought he was coming back, so the focus was on weird things like David Griffin’s piano serenade (remember that?) and whether Zion was secretly plotting an exit from New Orleans.

But after missing last season and widespread speculation (and dumb jokes) about his health, this year, the focus is going to be on Zion’s physique and whether he is finally ready to play basketball again.

We’re going to see a lot of reports about Zion being in “the best shape of his life” and I think the mood will be a little more serious as Zion tries to show that he is back to take care of business and has put the time in to stay slim and injury free.

From an individual standpoint, part of this season for Zion will be repairing his image, communicating more clearly with the media and showing that he has bought-in to the team that just gave him massive extension.

Training camp starts next week, but first the Zion media circus will come to town and we’re going to get a whole lot of amateur fitness experts and body language specialists putting Williamson’s every move and word under a microscope.

It’s a somewhat tedious process, but it is the sign that basketball will be here soon.

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