According to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez, Gentry said:
“I think he’s fine. We worry about him too freakin’ much, OK? He’s fine. He’s 19 years old. He’ll be fine.”
Playing in the first back-to-back set of his NBA career, Williamson started slowly, but he still finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists in a career-high 35 minutes.
Zion acknowledged his sluggish start Wednesday and added:
“I think it was just one of those things where Jrue [Holiday], Lonzo [Ball] just kinda came to me and was like, ‘You ready to play?’ because if you saw me in the second quarter, I think I just kinda turned around, looked at Lonzo, like, ‘All right, I’m awake now.’ Because they just came to me, like, ‘It’s time for you to wake up.'”
Zion is very young.
At 19 there should be zero concerns about recovery, or playing back to back.
That being said, the plan has to be to keep him in the league for a long time, load management now will help that down the road.
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