Pelicans News Around the Web (1-23-2020)

Postgame wrap: Spurs 121, Pelicans 117

Pelicans (17-28), Spurs (20-23)

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Walker: Zion Williamson, in just 188 seconds, lived up to hype and made NBA debut worth the wait

Zion Williamson made Pelicans' fan wait and then wait some more.

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Kushner: Zion's NBA debut was about more than basketball, and it's a night he won't forget

After all the bluster and the blather, Zion Night finally arrived in New Orleans.

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Zion wows with 17 fourth-quarter points in NBA debut, but Pelicans fall just short against Spurs

Alvin Gentry understood what kind of environment his team was stepping into.

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What did fans think of Zion Williamson's NBA debut? 'The future is bright in New Orleans'

Zion Williamson didn't just make his NBA debut Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

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How historic was Zion Williamson's 4th quarter? He set one NBA record and tied another in debut

Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson set the NBA world on fire with his fourth quarter outburst in his debut vs. the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday.

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How Zion Williamson's Pelicans debut beat Anthony Davis, all other No. 1 picks in NBA history

Zion Williamson started slow and finished on the bench, but a fourth-quarter flurry was all it took to lift the No. 1 pick into elite company.

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Why Zion Williamson's debut was cut short before he could single-handedly bury Spurs

The tidal wave took 3 minutes and 8 seconds. That was all Zion Williamson needed to turn a trickle into a wall of fast-moving water.

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Zion Williamson’s three months of rehab led to three minutes Pelicans fans will never forget

NEW ORLEANS — The wait lasted 93 days — 13 weeks and two days to be exact — but the night Zion Williamson made his pro debut with the Pelicans lived up to the hype. It just took a little while to get there.

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Williamson's late surge not enough for for Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- Zion Williamson scored the final point of his first NBA regular season game as a packed and standing crowd belted out chants of "M-V-P!"

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The best moments from Zion Williamson's stunning NBA debut

NEW ORLEANS -- The hall leading from the players' parking lot into the Smoothie King Center is awkwardly narrow, seemingly just wide enough to fit a golf cart through.

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Pelicans' Zion Williamson erupts for 17 in 4th, sits out final minutes of debut

NEW ORLEANS -- For three minutes and eight seconds, Smoothie King Center turned into Zion Williamson's playground. The rookie's burst in the fourth quarter saw him give the New Orleans Pelicans' fans everything they wanted to see and more.

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Anthony Davis' advice to Zion Williamson: 'Play and have fun'

NEW YORK -- Having been in Zion Williamson's shoes eight years ago, playing in New Orleans as the NBA's No. 1 pick, Anthony Davis had some advice for the Pelicans rookie.

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Zion Williamson tantalizes in debut, but Pelicans will wait to fully unleash him

NEW ORLEANS — It took only 3 ½ quarters for Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson to shed his rust and post endless highlight reels. It might take much longer, though, before Williamson can play without a minutes restriction.

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In 18 Minutes, Zion Williamson Shows Flashes of the Future

NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson was apprehensive in the first half of his first regular-season game with the Pelicans.

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Zion Williamson was pulled with 5:23 left in his dazzling NBA debut. Here’s why

NEW ORLEANS — Seven-year-old Adam Sandroni Jr. took a big swig from his soft drink, his eyes sparkling and his excitement palpable to be attending his first NBA game of the season, especially one in which Zion Williamson was making his debut.

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We finally saw Zion Williamson, and he certainly delivered

NEW ORLEANS — Zion Williamson was finally cleared for takeoff, but he sent the NBA and the Smoothie King Center into delirium by barely leaving his feet.

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Zion Williamson’s flashy debut will test whether he can capture football-mad New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana State University football fans celebrated until 8:30 a.m. at the Red Eye Grill earlier this month, reveling through the night after the program’s first college football national championship since 2007.

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Zion Williamson lives up to the hype in NBA debut

NEW ORLEANS — So much for a steep learning curve.

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