NBA Legends Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal recently voiced their concerns about Pelicans star Zion Williamson’s weight, during Tuesday’s episode of “Inside the NBA.”
Zion Williamson was seen in a new clip rehabbing on the court prior to the Pelicans’ home loss to the Knicks on Saturday. Reacting to the video Barkley said “It look[s] like me and Shaq had a baby,”
The former No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft appears to have put on some pounds while recovering from a surgically repaired right foot fracture he suffered in the offseason.
I’m joking and I’m serious,” Barkley said, recalling a moment in his career when Moses Malone – his former 76ers teammate in the ’80s – said he was “fat and lazy.”
As a result, he “started to cry a little bit,” but thought of it “as a turning point” in his career..
“He’s going to have to learn, even when you’re hurt you’re going to have to control your eating. When guys get hurt and they come back, you’re trying to get in shape. And if you’re putting all that stress on your knees and feet, you’re just going to keep getting hurt… I know he’s got a lot of power… but you’re not going to win if he’s always hurt.”