Zion Williamson’s ‘crazy’ behavior worries JJ Redick

Panic alarms should be ringing loudly around Zion Williamson by now.

Former Pelicans teammate JJ Redick expressed concern after CJ McCollum, who was acquired in a deal with the Blazers on February 8, said he had not yet heard from Williamson.

“This is a little crazy for me,” Riddick, now an ESPN analyst, said on “First Take” Tuesday morning.

“There’s decent general behavior that you have to put into practice as a teammate…. It just shows a complete lack of investment in your team, your organisation, in the city. I understand he’s injured and out of the squad, but you just traded one of the top 50 players in the league. A man supposedly.” To be with you. Connect and say hi.”

Williamson missed the entire season with a foot injury that may soon require a second surgery. Riddick played for Williamson in his first two years in the league and said the concerns about the power forward were legitimate.

“This is the pattern of behavior we see from Zion. I was his teammate, and I would describe him as a separate teammate,” Riddick said. That’s the basic level of humanity, text a guy when he’s being traded with your team.”

Zion Williamson and JJ Riddick on February 16, 2021
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Williamson’s future with the Pelicans franchise has long been a question mark and rumors have spread that he might soon demand a move out of New Orleans. McCollum’s addition gives the Pelicans another all-star player alongside Williamson, 21, and Brandon Ingram.

“I haven’t had direct conversations with him,” McCullum told TNT over Saturday’s All-Star weekend. “I have spoken to some of the people close to him, and I look forward to sitting down with him sooner rather than later. I know as much as you know now, but I will get to the bottom of it.”

Williamson on November 19, 2021
Zion Williamson on November 19, 2021
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Riddick said he believes a lot has to change with Williamson, whose weight has been an ongoing talking point in his brief NBA career.

“I took it up with Zion in front of the team,” Riddick said. “There is a responsibility that you have as an athlete when you play a team sport to be fully invested: to fully invest in your body, your work and your teammates. And we haven’t seen that from Zion… As a teammate, there is a pattern of behavior. This is concerning.”