Just over a year ago, the trajectory of the Pelicans was changed forever. We had somehow pulled off the impossible and won the lottery in the draft with the best prospect, Zion, since LeBron James in 2003. A year later, Zion has lived up to everything expected of him and more. We got a scare when he missed the first bit of the season due to injury. However, since the night he made his debut, we knew everything was going to be just fine.
The Zion Effect
When you have a player as hyped and as talented as Zion, people want to watch him play. I know it, you know it, and Adam Silver knows it. Silver knows that the league can make a lot of money off of Zion and the young Pels, especially after a three month long break due to Corona. What better way to return to sports than watching Zion take on LeBron on Giannis in the playoffs? The only problem is that when play was suspended, the Pelicans were on the outside looking in.
Getting Zion to the Big Dance
There is growing sense around the league that the NBA is going to try to do what it can to at least give Zion a chance to get into the playoffs. So, the latest idea for how the playoffs will take place after play resumes makes a lot of sense. The rumor today is the league is considering a 1-16 seeded tournament regardless of conference. Okay, so the Pelicans don’t make it. Well, if the latest idea were to take the place, the 4 teams on the bubble in the west, the Blazers, Kings, Spurs, and of course Pelicans, will participate in a mini play-in type of deal.
If we did not have Zion, I give it no chance that the league would be coming up with a way to give us a shot into the playoffs. That ladies and gents is what I call the Zion effect. Am I complaining? Not a chance. Then again, I am a die hard Pelicans fan. Hold it.