New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson seemed frustrated when he spoke to the media on Monday.
Williamson, who is finally healthy after playing in just 29 games last season and missing the entire 2021-22 season, is averaging 21.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists in eight games. However, the Pelicans are 4-6 and on a five-game losing streak.
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«Like I said last year, we had a team meeting,» Williamson said, «and they talked about some things I could do better. Especially with participating in the program. And right now, it’s tough, but like I said right now I’m taking a little backseat right now. I’m trusting the process.
«I’m doing my best to accept it right now.»
The Pelicans have been on the fringes of the NBA playoff picture for the past few years.
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New Orleans made the playoffs in 2022 in its first season under Willie Green. The team pushed the number one seed Phoenix Suns to six games before being eliminated. Last season, the team made it to the play-in game but lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder and was eliminated.
The team has a lot of potential with Williamson at the helm as long as he stays healthy. They are powered by Brandon Ingram, CJ McCollum and Jonas Valanciunas along with the growing portfolios of Herb Jones and José Alvarado.
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It’s still very early in the season, but the Pelicans could be playing for a playoff spot again.