Latest Zion Williamson News

Celtics, Zion remain sizzling to start preseason

Oct. 13, 2019 10:21 PM EDT

Preseason numbers often mean almost nothing. Rotations are unusual, starters rarely play much, and few if any teams are putting a premium on winning games. As such, it's tough to glean much from exhibition stats. But what the Boston Celtics and New Orleans rookie Zion Williamson — the No. 1 pick in this...

Williamson wows home crowd, Pelicans beat Jazz 128-127

Oct. 11, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

Zion Williamson wowed the home crowd with another impressive preseason performance, scoring 26 points and grabbing five rebounds in New Orleans' 128-127 win over the Utah Jazz on Friday night. Javon Bess was credited with the game-winning layup in the final seconds after Utah's Jarrell Brantley was called for...

Protesters show support for Hong Kong at Wizards game

Oct. 9, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

Protesters handed out T-shirts and held up signs in support of Hong Kong on Wednesday night when the Washington Wizards hosted a team from the Chinese Basketball Association. The Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 137-98 in a game that included more than a half-dozen protests inside Capital One Arena over the...

Dunkfest: Zion shows high-flying skills in preseason debut

Oct. 8, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Zion Williamson may not be quite as tall as billed. He still soared in his first NBA preseason game Monday night. Showing off the high-flying talents that made him one of the most anticipated rookies in years, Williamson turned in a ferocious slam less than 2 minutes into his debut with the...

Milwaukee tops Chicago 122-112 despite resting Giannis

Oct. 7, 2019 11:12 PM EDT

Robin Lopez and Frank Mason III both scored 14 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Chicago Bulls 122-112 in preseason action on Monday night. Milwaukee didn't play most of its major contributors, including last year's league Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton....

Pelicans' Williamson: Turning pro has been 'crazy and fun'

Sep. 30, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Zion Williamson has thoroughly enjoyed his jet-setting, appearance-making first offseason as a pro. The Pelicans' top overall draft choice suspects he'll like his first training camp even more. "It's been crazy and fun. Always on the move," Williamson said Monday of the months since he...

Duke's new freshmen embrace challenge of following Zion

Sep. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — With one giant leap, Cassius Stanley knocked Zion Williamson out of the Duke record book. His familiar No. 1 jersey now belongs to Vernon Carey Jr. The Blue Devils' latest crop of freshmen is embracing what seems like a tough job — following Williamson and his star-studded class...

Duke probe finds no evidence Nike paid Zion Williamson

Sep. 7, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits. School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a "thorough and objective" probe led by investigators outside the athletic department...

Michael Avenatti blames arrest on 'vindictive' prosecutors

Aug. 15, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to dismiss criminal charges that he extorted Nike, and he is blaming his arrest on what he calls vindictive prosecutors as he releases material his attorneys say support his claims the sportswear company was paying amateur athletes. Avenatti's attorneys...