Zion Williamson’s injury is a ‘blow to the NBA’ - Stephen A. | First Take

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Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson expected to miss a “period of weeks” to start the NBA season with his knee injury and explains what it means for the league.
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Oct 18, 2019




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William K Savage
William K Savage 3 months ago
I bet a million bucks that if Zion had gone to the Knicks then they would have rushed him back and injured him even further
Justin Bush
Justin Bush 5 months ago
How many comments will it take for ESPN to fire Molly !? Do we have to beg ? Do we have to boycott ? Do we have to change the channel ?? What will it take ?!
Xander Zyrus
Xander Zyrus 7 months ago
I hope he will not be like Greg Oden
T.C Holmes
T.C Holmes 7 months ago
Is this new woman replacing Molly??
Tone Desh
Tone Desh 7 months ago
It’s a blow for the Pelicans but not the NBA. The start of the season has been very entertaining and the games have been fun to watch.
Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee 7 months ago
So much hype ... hmmmm
Adly Titus
Adly Titus 7 months ago
Jackson Brown
Jackson Brown 7 months ago
Zion will be a nobody he will keep getting hurt.
RiizMo JellyMan
RiizMo JellyMan 7 months ago
This woman is better than Molly
Sean L
Sean L 7 months ago
The next Greg Oden
vic viper
vic viper 7 months ago
He's way overrated He's screwed, knees don't get better after surgery unless your adrian Peterson and zion Williamson is no adrian Peterson Greg oden, Derrick rose, Brandon roy, amre stoudamire where never the same after knee surgery Zions career is over before it even started. He will be playing in ice cube's big 3 league before u know it
CrimsonTide 7 months ago
He too heavy
GURU 7 months ago
Max is exactly right Zion can’t be power jumping like d rose
Shonda Harper
Shonda Harper 7 months ago
I like sis a lot better than Molly.
Shonda Harper
Shonda Harper 7 months ago
I like sis a lot better than Molly.
Yimmy Simmy
Yimmy Simmy 7 months ago
Keep this beautiful lady
Zion Izlegend
Zion Izlegend 7 months ago
Stephen A tha forgotten one.
Alexander K
Alexander K 7 months ago
Here we go! Zion needs to drop weight and play a bit more tentatively to maintain his health... going 100% at all times is a receipe for disaster.
Daniel Saintil
Daniel Saintil 7 months ago
So shaq should lose weight to right
Travar Taylor
Travar Taylor 7 months ago
Needs to develop a post game, drop some lb's and get a jumper. All that dunking his career will be over within 6yrs. Not good for the knees overtime!!
Joenel Saracho
Joenel Saracho 7 months ago
He is full of energy and overeacting that his problem
samo hero
samo hero 7 months ago
It's over
Para will
Para will 7 months ago
The weight is NOT the issue.....at this point. The issue has to do with his injury history since high school. Non-contact (or light contact) knee injuries happens to all shapes and sizes, so it isn't only about his weight. The biggest worry is if he is prone to injuries playing basketball which can be a serious problem given the way he plays. Yes, weight loss will help him, but he will have to change the way he plays the game as well. The young man has had a number of lower extremity injuries at a young age, so I would definitely consider shutting him down the whole year since he will be out nearly 2 months or longer. Allow him to heal and rehab after the surgery, and work on other things to help make him more durable.
Andrej Lorenci
Andrej Lorenci 7 months ago
Best before end: 20 dunks, 3 spins, 30 rebounds.
kcuse315 tck
kcuse315 tck 7 months ago
Yup I said it when he was at Duke playing hill get hurt and hill be nobody in the NBA seen it coming
QBUBUU 7 months ago
When Stephen A said this might be the best season in the last quarter century. I felt that.
Ali Ali
Ali Ali 7 months ago
This one sports RUvidr called it,
Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson 7 months ago
This is what this struggling franchise didn't need, they rigged the lottery to help the Grizzlies and pelicans sorry franchises, but hopefully this kid loses 15 pounds and have a good career, I hope he's not Gregg Olden, the pelicans and Grizzlies cannot sell tickets without a star or potential star,
PhAtAL The Kollector
Ros Gold-Onwude is great for this show!
Kid Corey
Kid Corey 7 months ago
Here after the knee surgery 😭😭
Jerry Phillips
Jerry Phillips 7 months ago
Just like Sam Bowie and Greg Oden he was already hurt before the draft so stop it! The Pels knew it and picked him knowing he'd shut it down and recover. They hope he'll be 100% but who knows? He is a big boy.
Carl Johnson
Carl Johnson 7 months ago
maybe zion can get some chinese medicine
E DUB 7 months ago
Nine title contenders? Get real.
Rozco 7 months ago
Predictions on when he'll make season debut? Maybe Saturday Nov 16 vs the Heat?
RAAB BYRT 7 months ago
This moderator is fabulous. She doesn't interrupt like Molly. She doesn't make everything about her self like Molly. She doesn't have a screeching voice like Molly. And she is 50x more sexy than Molly. keep Molly away.
lekobemcgrad y
lekobemcgrad y 7 months ago
This is Blake Griffin all over again
Anfernee Tomlinson
Anfernee Tomlinson 7 months ago
Max’s explanation of Derrick Rose sounds like a non athletic man explaining athletics! Max is a nerd
Kevin Dickerson
Kevin Dickerson 7 months ago
I think zion is going to be hurt his whole career he is suspect he was hurt at duke
Shaun Sweeney
Shaun Sweeney 7 months ago
The NBA is Trash! Maybe the Chinese can heal Zion!
Christian Trincado
Christian Trincado 7 months ago
Write this down, if he doesn’t drop 25 pounds he’ll be a bust in this league. It has nothing to do with talent, he just won’t be able to play physically.
johnnydaniels18 7 months ago
Might regret that 1st pick, kind of a gamble due to a big possibility he may be injury prone in the future but they did what they had to do lol and what everyone and their grandmama would have done
Tampa is back 5904
Tampa is back 5904 7 months ago
My guess for the 9 contenders is 1. Lakers 2.Clippers 3.Nuggets 4.Rockets 5.Bucks 6.Sixers 7.Warriors 8.Blazers 9. I don’t have 9
SunDevil527 7 months ago
ericlogos 7 months ago
No Molly. Thank God. She's got to go.
RazTopics 7 months ago
jjay 7 months ago
Zion will be injury prone in the NBA. That big body landing on on his legs is too much pressure. He needs to get in better condition.
Thomas Coursey
Thomas Coursey 7 months ago
Wow Ros is great no interruption 👍🏻
Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins 7 months ago
Please name all 9 contenders.. I've got Clippers/Rockets/Nuggets/Lakers/Sixers/Bucks, and that's IT.
jdoe 7 months ago
Anthony Bennet 2.0
G. Alston
G. Alston 7 months ago
Needs to lose weight and stop jumping so much! Your knees are first to go in basketball. Gravity is undefeated!
dave roy
dave roy 7 months ago
He needs to work on his grammar
Courtland Farrington
He didn't make it 30 games for Duke, so how is he going to make an 82 game season?? He needs to drop 30 plus and develop a jump shot. Even Chuck had to learn to shot a 3 to save his body. Zion will get maybe 45 games to play this season at best.
BotSkin 7 months ago
Bust alert 🚨
zaxx19 7 months ago
Bro, drop to 240....real talk. Those joints can’t handle explosive movements at that size over and over....
Jeffrey Richards
Jeffrey Richards 7 months ago
He's 19 and getting knee injuries?? He gotta lose alot of weight..
SDAWG 7 months ago
NBA career longevity has always suited guys that were around 6'6" 210-215. With that said Zion should slim down some and ease back on all the hopping around. I just don't think his body will hold up with all that jumping through the roof on every play. I do hope his injury isn't severe and I wish him luck
TheDawgchew 7 months ago
Steven a when star football players get on one team says they are trash and need to show me something on sunday because they never played, but in basketball they are championship contenders. Foh
Officer Orange cheetolini
Idolization is real
Guy Kesey
Guy Kesey 7 months ago
I agree though, opening night lost its power punch for me!
Guy Kesey
Guy Kesey 7 months ago
Zions a kid, he will heal fast, they will slim him down, and he will get the best sports medicine and physical therapy money can buy. He's disciplined, he'll be back when he's 100%. No sooner. Cant risk it.
Guy Kesey
Guy Kesey 7 months ago
They are being EXTRA CAUTIOUS with Zion, let this year be a learning curve and a healing time for him. And a gathering of the team players to get to know each other and bond. Next year will be the break through year. They have 5 Players 21 and under, and Ingram at 22. That's a super young team. Two at 19.
Cindy Loohoo
Cindy Loohoo 7 months ago
Mpj for roty
She keep Calling Me
She keep Calling Me 7 months ago
I hope u see this molly .. You're Fired VINCE MCMAHON VOICE!!!!!
Captain MonStar
Captain MonStar 7 months ago
Zion is a mutant. People fear the outliers and try to compare them to the norm. Yes Zion is 6’7” 285 lbs but he doesn’t move like he’s 285. D Rose and Westbrook have similarities in size and playing styles but Westbrook is nowhere near as injury prone as D Rose. Furthermore, people keep saying that Zion is overweight......well can someone find the manual for the human body and tell me EXACTLY how much a 6’7” human is suppose to weigh?!?!?!
Fred Garvin
Fred Garvin 7 months ago
I miss the old ESPN. This drama is unbearable.
Bort McBort
Bort McBort 3 months ago
You might miss the old ESPN, but that business model wasn't working anymore.
Christophoris Sanon
Christophoris Sanon 7 months ago
YO! this new lady! is perfect, get rid of Molly. Thanks, - Everyone
Joe Silkwood
Joe Silkwood 7 months ago
She's ok but where is Molly
Dope Boy
Dope Boy 7 months ago
It is severe if he’s missing weeks
Terry Bradley MA
Terry Bradley MA 7 months ago
I blame Lonzo for throwing Suicidal lobs in practice
dolce gabbana
dolce gabbana 7 months ago
here we go with the hype again...he just a rookie he will have worse numbers than Luka...
Omega Kong
Omega Kong 7 months ago
Whoever this new lady is, keep her. She’s awesome. True moderator indeed. 😁 👌🏾
Politicus Rex
Politicus Rex 7 months ago
The guy's been playing ball for over a decade. He plays how he plays. Not every player is Kareem. I don't remember anyone saying they should pull back Air Jordan because he attacked the rim. Pro athletes get injuries...fact. Stop the over-reaction.
Ezohl 7 months ago
This is why players should be able to enter the nba draft right out of high school weve never seen such a unique guy like zion and he may not ever get to see him play one nba game because of early injurys in which he could've adapt to already if he would have gone right out of highschool
Big White
Big White 7 months ago
We all saw this coming. His weight is too high.
Knowledge Power
Knowledge Power 7 months ago
He now has to change up the way he plays or lose 30lbs. That will help miraculously
Hien Sanity
Hien Sanity 7 months ago
I’m calling it now Zion gonna be injury prone throughout his career
Abdula 7 months ago
Drose v2
David Johnson
David Johnson 7 months ago
Stephen A needs to shut up sometimes. The NBA is in bad shape but never can an unproven Commodity ever give an established leagie a blow. Thats disrespectful to the many hard working established players. Didnt hear anyone say K.D. or Klay Thompsons injuries were a BLOW TO THE NBA.And these are guys with rings and accolades. Gossip and constantly saying thingd that are not true is for women to do. SO I THOUGHT!!!
The Grandmaster
The Grandmaster 7 months ago
Zion is probably going to be the Mike Trout of the NBA. Dude is Big,Fast,Strong,can shoot,score,excellent defense,etc.
Cleve Stone
Cleve Stone 7 months ago
LeBron is not injury prone so stop trying to compare him to other people he in a league of his own... Big facts...
SweetVibez 7 months ago
Zion Williamson will be fine!! He’s overcome trials and tribulations, he will continue to overcome this. I got faith in the young man!! He’s a Beast!!💯🙏🙌
Bort McBort
Bort McBort 3 months ago
You called it, bro.
Count Dankula
Count Dankula 7 months ago
Derrick Rose 2.0 😂😂
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