Zion Williamson is a High School basketball player from Spartanburg, South Carolina, he is ranked number 2 on the ESPN Top 100 list of High School basketball players. Both of Zion’s parents have athletic backgrounds, his stepfather was a division one basketball player, Zion was born to be an athletic star. Zion was being recruited by all the top college basketball programs, on January 20th he committed to Duke University.

His choice of school for some reason did not sit well with University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari. Coach Cal normally gets more than his fair share of top basketball recruits each year, so I am wondering why losing Zion to Duke was such a problem that he had to comment. Duke sold Zion on the fact they are a family and provide a life for you after college basketball. All this is true if you look at Duke assistant coaches many of them are former players and there many former Duke assistant coaches who are head coaches at other schools. Someone else reminded me that a degree from Duke has a little more prestige. I believe that Zion made a wise choice but being a South Carolina kid myself I would have preferred Zion stay in state.

I was hoping he would go to Clemson, I like to see the top players going to those schools who are not basketball powerhouses. Michael Porter Jr. going to Missouri, Trae Young at Oklahoma, Ben Simmons at LSU, and

at Alabama. In my opinion, going to the others is what legends are made off, but I understand why going to the powerhouses is attractive, it almost guarantees an NBA contract. Choosing the right school has huge implications for a player’s career, the wrong school could hinder your chances of making it to the NBA, so Duke is probably the best option for Zion.

Is Zion going to be that special player? The Michael Jordan or LeBron James, I ask because with the litany of great players Coach Cal is associated with why did losing Zion provoke a comment? However, Zion story ends it will be the way he wrote it.

 





Joakim Noah has been sent home by the Knicks. I have been a Knick fan my entire life and last year was a disappointing year for me. The disappoint did not come from the number of loses the team had, it came from the activities of the organizations. I am referring to the treatment of Carmelo Anthony and Charles Oakley, I thought with the exit of Phil Jackson and the hiring of Scott Perry these childish actions would no longer exist. Then comes the Joakim Noah situation which may have proved me wrong.

Joakim Noah and the coach Jeff Hornacek got into a verbal altercation, because of this event Noah was sent home indefinitely. Joakim is a 2 times All-Star, 4 times All-Defensive, and 1st team All-NBA; I understand with the recent injuries he may not be the player he uses to be, but the Knicks are not giving him a chance to prove himself. I believe the Knicks need to do a better job with communicating with their players, it is simple to sit Noah down and let him know the directions of the team and what his role is if any. If the role is unacceptable by his standards, then the team and Noah should come to some agreement that both parties can live with. I see via social media Knick fans complaining about Noah, he makes too much, and he washed up. To those fans, I say contracts are negotiated and he has played so do you what abilities he has left. He is being paid $17 million a year, should at least try to get some money worth from him.

One of my fears that I had with the way they were treating Carmelo Anthony was how does this play with other players? Will this affect the top free-agents decision about joining the Knicks? I honestly if you are a top ten player in the league would you sign with the Knicks after witnessing how they treat their players?