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Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

Zion Williamson will look far different than you remember when the Wizards play the Pelicans

The NBA is set to resume in exactly 28 days and by the looks of things, New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is more than ready. 

Thursday afternoon, the Pelicans released this photo of Williamson seemingly going through a workout at the team's practice facility (wearing a mask for safety reasons) and he seems to have slimmed down/toned up significantly.

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Williamson's weight has always been the topic of conversation in NBA circles -- he's listed at 284 pounds but often rumored to be as heavy as 300 pounds, especially after his return from a torn right lateral meniscus.

Williamson set the league on fire when he finally returned from injury this season, averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds. He created enough buzz to have the entire basketball world arguing whether or not he should win rookie of the year after only playing 19 games. His competition is the Memphis Grizzlies standout, Ja Morant who's played 59 games while averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 6.9 assists and led his team to the eighth place in the Western Conference. 

Washington is set to take on the Pelicans when the season restarts in Orlando on August 7 at 8:00 pm. The Pelicans will be on the second night of a back-to-back game so there is certainly a chance Williamson doesn't see the floor for health and/or reasons. 

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In The Loop: Ja Morant's alley-oop dunks, kids use sports to pull teeth

In The Loop: Ja Morant's alley-oop dunks, kids use sports to pull teeth

First up in today's look around the sports world, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant is back in the gym throwing down insane alley-oop dunks with his head right at the rim! Looks like his quest to become rookie of the year hasn’t slowed down one bit. We’ll find out if it pays off soon enough.

Next up, was I the only one who didn’t realize it was teeth pulling season?! Recently kids have been getting pretty creative when it comes to pulling out their loose teeth. Check this little one out who’s practicing his shot and helping his little sister out at the same time!

This future MVP sporting a Patrick Mahomes jersey is brave, it’s safe to say this little one has quite the arm and the tooth fairy should bring him a scholarship instead of the usual.

 

Patrick Mahomes and NBA stars are trying to recruit Mac McClung

Patrick Mahomes and NBA stars are trying to recruit Mac McClung

Mac McClung had a lot of suitors despite his late entry into the transfer portal. So many that the former Georgetown player narrowed down his list of schools he's considering to seven

After his announcement, NFL and NBA stars joined in to help their alma mater or their local school try to lure the dunking sensation.

Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies wants to share the same arena as McClung in downtown Memphis. The Tigers and Grizzlies both share the FedEx Forum. 

Donovan Mitchell wouldn't mind having an hour drive down to BYU from Salt Lake City to see the 6-foot-2 guard. After all, they both have a similar skill set.

Patrick Mahomes is even down and doing the dirty recruiting work to get McClung to Texas Tech. 

And the Red Raiders' combo guard Jarrett Culver who became a first-round draft pick got in on the recruitment. 

Lots of people will have their eyes on where McClung will land for his final two years of eligibility. Even professional athletes are interested in where he'll be playing.

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