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Pelicans executive David Griffin: ‘Just asinine’ to say Zion Williamson’s weight caused knee injury

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - OCTOBER 13: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the San Antonio Spurs during a pre-season game on October 13, 2019 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photos by Logan Riely/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Zion Williamson will miss 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus. As soon as the Pelicans announced that, attention turned to his weight.

Is Williamson too heavy?

Listed at 6-foot-6 and 284 pounds, Williamson is certainly large. He puts even more stress on his body with his incredible hops.

But Pelicans lead executive David Griffin is adamant: There’s no connection between Williamson’s weight and this injury.

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

Williamson’s weight has been a topic of conversation ever since he popped as a prospect. It drew attention at Duke. And once Williamson became the No. 1 pick, concern grew along with his profile.

New Orleans is trying to keep pressure off Williamson. So, of course Griffin would say this. He’d never publicly call out Williamson for his weight.

And maybe there truly is no connection. Griffin has access to medical information I don’t.

Maybe there’d be other consequences. Williamson could lose some of the power that makes him so special. But it’s nearly impossible to watch Williamson flying around the court at his size and not think shedding a few pounds would ease the stress on his body.