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Zion Williamson ‘doesn’t listen’ to Pelicans’ continued requests to take diet, conditioning seriously: reports

Zion Williamson opened up about his struggles with dieting during the offseason, but it looks like he's changed his ways.

The New Orleans Pelicans star returned to the court after missing the entire 2021-22 season and most of last season, and his performance was pretty disappointing.

Williamson is averaging 22.2 points per game in 19 games this season, the lowest of his career. Moreover, he has scored fewer than 14 points in three of his last four games.

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Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans vs. Sacramento Kings during the second quarter of the NBA in-season tournament at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento on December 4, 2023. (Shearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

It was clear the 23-year-old didn't look his best in Thursday's in-season tournament semifinal, when he scored just 13 points and struggled to get up and down the floor quickly. Meanwhile, LeBron James, 38, who is in his 21st NBA season, dropped 30 points.

According to the Times-Picayune, the Pelicans “repeatedly” told the 2019 No. 1 overall pick that he needed to improve his diet and conditioning, but he “didn't listen.”

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Zion Williamson (1) of the New Orleans Pelicans drives against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of the first NBA in-season tournament semifinals at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Dec. 7, 2023. The Lakers defeated the Pelicans 133-89. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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“That's hard. I'm 20, 22 years old and I have all the money in the world. Well, I feel like I have all the money in the world. That's hard,” Williamson said over the summer. , said when asked about eating and staying healthy. Best physical shape.

“I'm in that period right now. Because of certain things, I'm turning my wits back around me. I don't want to say I'm old because they get defensive, but I I've put wise people around me, please put me to work on certain things on the game. And just go from there. ”

He also had some out-of-court drama with former adult film actress Moriah Mills, whom Mills says was “deeply in love” with him. Mr. Mills also claimed that the two had a sex tape and threatened to sue Mr. Williamson for “the damage you have done to my life.”

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) goes to the basket against Dallas Mavericks center Derek Lively II during the first half of a game in New Orleans, Nov. 12, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Despite the situation, Pelicans teammate CJ McCollum told Fox News in October that Williamson is in a “good space.”

In his first four seasons, Williamson appeared in 24, 61, 0, and 29 games. It's worth noting that his first two seasons were cut short due to COVID-19, but it's clear he couldn't stay healthy.

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