There has been drama surrounding Zion Williamson basically from the very beginning of his career with the New Orleans Pelicans. That’s only continuing as the 2021-22 season gets underway, with Williamson undergoing foot surgery over the summer and now missing the start of his third campaign. The communication on the matter has also been less than ideal, with Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin initially suggesting Zion would be ready to start the season before recently backtracking in a big way.
In addition to those issues, there’s apparently ongoing concern about Williamson’s weight. While he has always been a beefy guy, Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report says Zion’s weight has ballooned north of 300 pounds thanks in part to the foot injury. This has led to concern in the organization similar to before his rookie debut. People around the NBA have also taken notice.