Yeah, I’m hedging my bets a bit. Can’t y’all tell from the title?
Everyone who knows me well know the following:
- I am a graduate of North Carolina State University (class of 1997, baby!), which means…
- I think Carolina sucks, and…
- Duke swallows
So the only outcomes I ever hope for whenever Duke and UNC get together are simple: for the earth to open up, swallow both teams and their fans, and spit up the carcass of Mike Krzyzewski.
However, I do feel bad for what happened to Zion Williamson 37 seconds into the game. No athlete should experience that, especially a kid who is on the verge of becoming the #1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
The good news is that it’s only a mild knee sprain. He could come back to the team, but it probably won’t be for another couple of weeks.
Now the question is this: if you’re Zion, would you come back and perhaps risk further injury, or would you pull a Nick Bosa and shut it down and get ready for the draft.
I’d say, it depends (remember me saying earlier that I’m hedging my bets?).
If Zion’s priority is to lead Duke to a national championship in his only year in college, he should come back when he is healthier. But if playing in the NBA is more important than being a college champion, then by all means he should do HIM.
To me, there’s something to being a college champion. The cache it carries, and not to mention that it would further enhance Zion’s draft status. (And being a “made man” at Duke is nothing to sniff at)
So there’s that.