How did Zion Williamson get the court to bend like that?


Zion Williamson, who has largely (no pun intended) stayed silent throughout his season-long injury absence, posted a video of his progress on Instagram, sharing a clip of the All-Star forward completing a between-the-legs dunk at the Pelicans’ practice facility in Metairie, a New Orleans suburb.

Williamson was recently ruled out for the season following multiple setbacks to his surgically-repaired foot, a frustrating development for a player billed as the face of the franchise. Whispers of Williamson’s poor conditioning (including rumors he ballooned to 330 pounds) and a desire to play elsewhere (some suspect he could be angling for a trade to the Knicks, reuniting the 21-year-old with former college teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish) have further complicated a situation already ripe with uncertainty.

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Tenuous as his future in the Big Easy may be, it’s good to see Zion back on the court, showing glimpses of the player that dominated the league during his breakout 2021 (27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds per game). After countless starts and stops, the former No. 1 pick, at long last, appears to be trending in the right direction. However, fans on social media seemed to gravitate toward a different narrative, wondering what in the world kind of court Williamson was practicing on.

The physics involved here are staggering with some suggesting Williamson may have benefited from a padded surface, essentially using the floor as a trampoline. Or is Zion, who the Pelicans list at a sturdy 284 pounds, so freakishly powerful that he can bend the court upon impact? The world demands answers!

If nothing else, this should remind us all that Williamson, when healthy and engaged, is a physical marvel capable of almost any athletic feat, even affecting the court’s structural integrity when he takes flight.

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