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The NBA is reportedly working to “make sure”
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Friday Go up:
“One of the things I’ve heard when I’ve talked to people in the league is that the league will put together this playoff schedule to make sure William Williamson is involved. … Paranoia is at the top of anything in the NBA .. … They are always paranoid about everything – “the league screws me and they help that guy.” In this case, there are a number of different reasons why the league wants 20 or 24 teams, a number of different reasons to get extra But most of these scenarios include making sure to have William Williamson in the postseason. “
Here’s a look at Windhorst’s full comments on the NBA’s return to game plans:
Williamson did not make his NBA debut until January 22, three months into the regular season, after recovering from knee surgery in October.
It didn’t take long for him to show off his game-changing talent. He averaged 23.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 58.9 percent from the field over 19 appearances before the game was interrupted in March. The Pelicans posted 10-9 in those games.
Although modest, the .526 winning percentage with a healthy Williamson would have ranked eighth in the Western Conference if compiled throughout the season.
The NBA game was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the league is discussing ways to resume and hopefully complete the season. It is unclear if it will end the regular season, use a play-in tournament to determine the playoffs or jump straight into a regular postseason.
In April, Williamson told TNT’s Ernie Johnson in a Twitter interview that he was ready to roll if the season got the green light (via ESPN’s Andrew Lopez):
“Honestly, I’m ready now. I have kept fit, worked on myself and just been ready. You never know when the time will come when they will say, “Okay, let’s resume.” I don’t want to have to look around at my teammates and say, “Sorry guys, I’m not ready.” So I stay ready for my teammates.“
The Pelicans, who sit in 10th place in the Western Conference, would be dangerous if given a chance to compete in an endgame environment.
Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Jrue Holiday represent an amazing, growing core that is surrounded by solid role players, including JJ Redick, Josh Hart and Derrick Favors.
New Orleans suffered two one-digit losses to the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the NBA’s top champions, in the final weeks before the game was stopped. It showed that the team could keep up with the league’s best team.