The moment Duke basketball star Zion Williamson had his shoe explode on national television, there was a discussion about whether he should shut it down for the remainder of the season in order to stay healthy for the 2019 NBA Draft where he is a likely No. 1 overall pick.
The latest to join in on the conversation is future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant.
Like many other players, Kobe is of the belief that Zion should be suiting up if he is healthy enough to play.
“In terms of Zion, if he’s healthy, he should go play. He made a decision to go to college, and injuries are a part of that process, and sometimes you get hurt, sometimes you don’t, man,” Bryant said in an interview with The Undefeated.
“But you made the decision to go to college and you made your commitment to the university, then by all means finish your commitment. I expect him to get healthy, get his knee better or whatever it was, and come out and kick ass.”
Williamson is currently listed as day-to-day with a knee sprain.
Duke, meanwhile, has struggled without Williamson’s services, suffering a five-point loss to No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday, February 26. Up next for the Blue Devils is a meeting with the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday, March 2.