Shut it down? Are you kidding?
Don’t shut it down, Zion Williamson. Throw it down. Keep playing. Keep winning. Keep flying and swatting and dunking and spinning and scoring. Keep sending the Cameron Crazies into ecstasy. Keep joking with your Duke teammates in the locker room.
Basketball may never be this joyous again. Squeeze every fun minute out of it while you can.
On Wednesday, Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen offered his opinion on what the most dazzling freshman in years should do with his career. He thinks Williamson should sit out the rest of his one and only college basketball season and protect his NBA draft stock.
“I think he’s locked up the biggest shoe deal, I think he’s definitely going to be the No. 1 pick, I think he’s done enough for college basketball that it’s more about him personally,” Pippen said on ESPN. “I would shut it down. I would stop playing because I feel he could risk a major injury that could really hurt his career.”
Shut it down? No way. Crank it up. Set it off. Throw it down.
For the record, Williamson has no interest in taking Pippen’s advice. He said as much Saturday night after Duke’s 72-70 victory over previously undefeated Virginia.