David Griffin, the New Orleans Pelicans‘ government vp of basketball operations, has voiced his frustration with the NBA‘s officers after star participant Zion Williamson suffered a left ring finger harm.
The 20-year-old is out indefinitely, which is a big blow for the Pelicans, who’re eleventh within the Western Convention and are nonetheless chasing one of the play-in spots.
“I imagine he in all probability suffered the harm over a time period,” Griffin mentioned.
“It is a hanging harm. It is a blunt-force harm. He was being crushed on the hand over and over and over.
“For me to let you know one time, I do not suppose I can do this. I do not suppose he is aware of one time.
“I am actually pissed off as a result of this was avoidable. We instructed the NBA by way of each means obtainable to us – by way of sending in movie, by way of talking to all people within the officers’ division and all people in basketball operations – that the way in which they had been officiating Zion was going to get him injured.
“And, fairly frankly, he is injured due to the open season that there is been on Zion Williamson within the paint.
“He has been completely mauled within the paint regularly to the purpose that different gamers have mentioned to him, ‘I will hold doing this to you as a result of they do not name it.’
“There’s extra violence inspired within the paint than any participant I’ve seen since [Shaquille O’Neal]. It was egregious and horrific then, and the identical is true now.”
Zion is averaging 27 factors, 7.2 rebounds and three assists per recreation this season.