The latest bombshell to drop surrounding a disgruntled NBA star just struck the New Orleans Pelicans. Their generational superstar Zion Williamson may not have asked out just yet, but based on the rumors, voices around him are starting to get louder about calling out the team’s dysfunction.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Joe Vardon, and William Guillory reported on the worsening situation between Zion Williamson’s camp and the Pelicans franchise.
Parting ways with Stan Van Gundy after just one season is not the biggest problem facing the New Orleans Pelicans. They have been unable to put together the right elements to make rising star Zion Williamson and his family happy, and multiple sources have told The Athletic that certain family members want Williamson on another team.
New Orleans had just parted ways with their coach of one year in Stan Van Gundy, who was reportedly a key source of frustration not just from Williamson, but for other key players such as Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. Zion Williamson’s family members apparently also were growing tired of SVG.
Williamson family members voiced displeasure with the organization. Among the targets of their criticism was Van Gundy, who they felt was too rigid and demanding as head coach, but also with the organization, which they claim did not live up to what they felt should be the standard for a star like Williamson. Numerous opposing league executives had heard the complaints, and they were confirmed by Pelicans officials.
Zion Williamson, his teammates, and the aforementioned family members all have legitimate gripes about the dreary situation in New Orleans. They can definitely voice their displeasure in an attempt to galvanize the front office into action to make sure their franchise player is happy.