Zion Williamson's injury kickstarted a large-scale debate about whether the 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman should continue playing for Duke ahead of a likely multi-million dollar payday when he commits to the NBA.
Among those involved in the conversation is Kobe Bryant, who offered a very Black Mamba-like opinion.
"Players should be able to choose and decide what the hell they want to do, to be honest," Bryant said, according to The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears. "Whether you want to go to college or not really depends on you. In terms of Zion, if he's healthy, he should go play. He made a decision to go to college and injuries are a part of that process and sometimes you get hurt, sometimes you don't, man.
"But you made the decision to go to college and you made your commitment to the university, then by all means finish your commitment. I expect him to get healthy, get his knee better or whatever it was and come out and kick ass."
Bryant understands what it takes to return from a setback, as the 18-time All-Star dealt with several injuries throughout his career until a devastating left knee injury essentially put an end to his playing days.