JJ Redick has referred to as out former teammate and injured Pelicans star Zion Williamson for not being invested in his staff.
“There’s a duty that you’ve got as an athlete while you play a staff sport to be totally invested,” Redick mentioned Tuesday on First Take.
“You’re totally invested in your physique, you’re totally invested in your work and also you’re totally invested in your teammates. That’s your duty, and we’ve got not seen that from Zion.”
“That is one thing I addressed with Zion in entrance of the staff,” Redick mentioned. “That is going again to his rookie yr.”
Williamson’s detachment from the staff got here below the microscope over All-Star weekend when CJ McCollum mentioned he hadn’t spoken to him since being traded to the Pelicans on February 8.
“I haven’t had conversations with him straight. … I’ve spoken with some individuals near him and sit up for sitting down with him before later,” McCollum mentioned on TNT Saturday night time. “I find out about as a lot as you do proper now, however I’m gonna unravel it.”
McCollum later advised ESPN he has since spoken with Williamson.
However in keeping with Redick, this form of factor will not be an remoted incident.
“This simply exhibits an entire lack of funding in your staff, within the group, within the metropolis,” Redick mentioned.
“I get that he’s damage and away from the staff, however you simply traded for one of many 50 finest gamers within the league — a man that’s imagined to be paired with you. Attain out and say, ‘Hey.’ This can be a sample of conduct with Zion that we’re seeing time and again. I used to be his teammate, I can describe him as a indifferent teammate, that’s an correct assertion.”