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NBA Draft 2019: 6 things we learned from Zion Williamson’s pre-draft interview

first_imgWhen his name is called Thursday night, and it will be called first in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson isn’t sure how he’ll react.It’s the one uncertainty he admitted to before an assembled throng of reporters Wednesday at the league’s pre-draft media availability in midtown Manhattan. “Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going to react,” he said. “I don’t know if I’m going to cry or have this giant smile on my face.”We’ll see tomorrow night. But I know I’m very excited about it.” Related News NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Pelicans discussing trading up to No. 2 to pair Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson not looking to fill LeBron James’ shoes 6. He did not order the kid’s meal at Commander’s Palace.Williams ate at the world-renowned (and James Beard Award-winning) New Orleans restaurant with Pelicans brass last week as a part of his pre-draft visit.“I’ve been seeing some people saying I got chicken tenders,” he said. “No, that was my 5-year-old brother that did that. I got fried shrimp with some mashed potatoes.” Outside of that admission, Williamson offered a mix of self-assessment, draft scouting and, yes, humor as he patiently and calmly answered a half-hour’s worth of questions from the media. There were not huge reveals. But there were a few telling comments.Zion Williamson should be used to this by now. #NBA #Pelicans pic.twitter.com/6ZkKNtI19x— Justin Walters (@JustinWaltersTV) June 19, 2019Here’s a half-dozen things we learned from Zion Williamson on Wednesday:1. He’s not just a physical specimen.You’ve no doubt seen the vast array of rim-rattling dunks, altered shots made from awkward angles and, yes, his head rim-high on the defensive end.But the physical side is only part of the story.”One thing I’m good at is just my will to win,” Williamson said. “I feel like when I want to win, I’ll do things, I’ll do whatever I need to do to win.”2. He’s not “the next.”As the projected No. 1 pick (he was careful to couch most of his answers with “if” he’s the top pick), Williamson is hearing a lot of comparisons with NBA superstars who’ve come before him. That’s fine, but he’s out to cut his own incomparable path.”Honestly, with the comparison stuff, it’s nice, it’s cool, but I don’t look into it,” he said. “I just look to be myself. I’m not trying to be nobody.”I’m just trying to be the first Zion.”All smiles! 😃📸@Zionwilliamson x #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/ppQktnPyVZ— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 20193. He’s not feeling any pressure as the projected top pick.Seemingly relaxed and frequently smiling during the 30-minute interview with a densely packed group of reporters, Williamson appeared thoroughly at ease with the world he’s in now and the one he is about to be the center of.”I don’t really see the pressure,” he said. “I’m doing what I love to do, and that’s play basketball. I don’t try to live up to nobody’s expectations. They can set them there, I don’t try to live up to them.”I just try to be me, be the best version of myself that I can be.”4. He thinks former Duke teammate R.J. Barrett will shine in the NBA …But enough about Zion. The pre-draft media availability was in New York, after all. So, just spitballing here, if the Knicks were to draft Barrett, would he live up to fans’ high expectations?  “R.J. is cold-blooded. He’s built for people doubting him or telling him he’s not ready. R.J. is built for that,” Williamson said. “I got to see it first-hand at Duke. I don’t doubt R.J. in the slightest. If he gets drafted out here, he’s going to come out here and handle his business.”I think they’ll get a great player.”Catching up at #NBADraft media circuit…@RjBarrett6 x @Zionwilliamson x @igotgame_12 pic.twitter.com/LQJez7HSCv— NBA (@NBA) June 19, 20195. … and former AAU teammate (and fellow South Carolinian) Ja Morant is a revelation.Williamson recounted Morant’s ability to make a pass that would surprise even its intended target: Williamson.”I’d make backdoor cuts, and I didn’t think he would see me,” Williamson recalled. “But he’d put it in the perfect spot.”Can I sit here and say I knew Ja would be this good? I can’t say that. I knew he’d be good but not to this level. For him to be here and to be like a top-three pick, it means a lot to me, it means a lot to the state of South Carolina.” NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Knicks rejected Hawks’ offer for No. 3 picklast_img read more

The Spanish Football Federation also asks to postpone the Games

first_imgA few minutes after the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation requested, as the United States or Great Britain did, through a statement the postponement of the Tokyo Games, after consulting the opinion of their athletes, Now it is the Spanish Football Federation who is joining this same request, which has already been transferred to the COE. The FEF has made it public through the following statement:“The president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, transmitted the request for postponement of the next Olympic Games to Juan Antonio Samaranch. He did it at the meeting held together with other Spanish sports federations and to which he was called by the president of the COE, Alejandro Blanco. The president of Spanish football asked that all efforts be focused on supporting our Administration in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, health must prevail over any other issue and we must be on the side of our Government.Sport is our reason for being, but now it must be in the background. We continue to work for football and solutions for this sector, however, now the duty as Spaniards is to stay together and suspend all sports events, as from the first moment it was done by this Federation regarding those competitions over which it has competence.We show our pain for the victims of this pandemic, our condolences to the relatives, our encouragement for the health workers and the State Security Forces and Bodies and all those who are maintaining the services of the citizens, while remaining at the disposal of the authorities and we offer to collaborate in everything that is considered. “last_img read more

Stuttgart – Reported by Elite Traveler the privat

first_imgStuttgart – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineFerrari’s 4.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine has won Best Performance Engine for the second year running in the prestigious International Engine of the Year Awards, beating several new contenders with forced induction engines for the title. Ferrari’s thoroughbred dry sump, flat crank, 90-degree V8 also took the accolade in the Over 4-litre category for the second time.The jury for the awards is made up of a panel of motoring journalists from 35 countries who judge each shortlisted engine using their subjective driving impressions and technical knowledge, taking into account characteristics such as fuel economy, smoothness, performance, sound and driveability.The awards were received by Jean Jacques His, head of Ferrari’s powertrain department, who commented, “Winning both these important titles again in the face of such strong rivals is naturally a real honour, but most importantly it is testament to the fact that Ferrari’s expertise in engine design is unmatched, not just in terms of technical excellence, but in terms of real-world driving pleasure.”The Ferrari 458 Italia continues to attract critical acclaim worldwide, with nearly 40 international awards received in its short career. The engine that helped the 458 Italia establish itself as the benchmark in the sports car category is now also fitted to the 458 Spider which has already been the object of critical acclaim, taking five major international awards immediately after launch.www.ferrari.comlast_img read more