Zion To Pay Salaries of Smoothie King Center Workers

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Zion Joins Kevin Love and “The Greek Freak”

Zion Williamson is paying the salaries of the Smoothie King Center workers for the next 30 days. On Wednesday night the NBA announced that it was suspending its season due to the CoronaVirus outbreak. Later it was announced that the suspension is going to last for at least 30 days. Williamson joins Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks who both donated $100,000 to their home arena staffs.

Won’t Bow Down

The suspension of the NBA’s season puts the Smoothie King Center’s employees out of work for at least a month. These are the people that embody the spirit of New Orleans. Zion Williamson writes in his Instagram post announcing he will cover their salaries, “These are the folks who make our games possible, creating the perfect environment for our fans and everyone involved in the organization.” He goes on to praise the resilience of the city of New Orleans but says, “providing a little extra assistance can make things a little easier for the community.”

Over here at HTM sports and Big Easy Bets, we are Pelicans season ticket holders. Every time we walk into the Smoothie King Center, AKA The Blender, we’re greeted with warm smiles and a “Hey baby, how ya doin’ ?”. The people who work at The Blender are the people who epitomize the spirit of the Pelicans motto, “Won’t Bow Down”. These people hustle and grind for every dollar they have. The 19-year-old Zion Williamson only wants to play basketball but can’t. For him to set aside his own frustration and to demonstrate generosity, it’s truly a noble act. This is what New Orleans is about, helping each other when our backs are against the wall. The city has embraced Zion and he is embracing the city with this gesture. We Won’t Bow Down!

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