Zion Williamson ‘doesn’t listen’ to Pelicans’ continued requests to take diet, conditioning seriously: reports
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Zion Williamson opened up about his diet struggles during the offseason, but he apparently has changed his ways.

The New Orleans Pelicans star is back on the court after missing the entire 2021-22 season and the majority of last season, but it’s been rather underwhelming.

Williamson is averaging 22.2 points per game in 19 contests this season, which would be a career low. On top of that, he’s scored less than 14 points in three of his last four games.

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Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans against the Sacramento Kings in the second quarter of an NBA In-Season Tournament game at Golden 1 Center Dec. 4, 2023, in Sacramento. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

It was clear the 23-year-old did not look in tip-top shape during Thursday’s In-Season Tournament semifinals, when he scored just 13 points and struggled to quickly move up and down the floor. Meanwhile, 38-year-old LeBron James, in his 21st NBA season, dropped 30.

According to The Times-Picayune, the Pelicans have “repeatedly” told the 2019 first overall pick his diet and conditioning need to improve, but he “doesn’t listen.”

Zion Williamson against the lakers

Zion Williamson (1) of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of a semifinal game of the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament at T-Mobile Arena Dec. 7, 2023, in Las Vegas. The Lakers defeated the Pelicans 133-89. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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“It’s hard, man. I’m 20, 22, have all the money in the world. Well, it feels like all the money in the world. It’s hard,” Williamson said over the summer when asked about eating healthy and staying in top physical shape.

“I’m at that point now, because of certain things, I’m putting back the wisdom around me. I don’t want to say older because they get defensive, but I’m putting people around me with wisdom. Put me on game to certain things. And just go from there.”

He also had some off-court drama with former adult film actress Moriah Mills, who said she “genuinely loved” him. Mills also claimed the two had a sex tape and threatened to sue Williamson for the “damages you have caused my life.”

Zion Williamson dribbles

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against Dallas Mavericks center Dereck Lively II in the first half of a game in New Orleans Nov. 12, 2023.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Despite all this, Pelicans teammate CJ McCollum told Fox News in October Williamson was in a “good space.”

In his first four seasons, Williamson played in 24, 61, zero and 29 games. It should be noted that his first two seasons were shortened due to COVID-19, but it is apparent he has been unable to stay healthy.

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