Zion Williamson’s injury is a ‘blow to the NBA’ - Stephen A. | First Take

  • Published on Oct 18, 2019
  • Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson expected to miss a “period of weeks” to start the NBA season with his knee injury and explains what it means for the league.
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  • Xander Zyrus
    Xander Zyrus 18 days ago

    I hope he will not be like
    Greg Oden

  • T.C Holmes
    T.C Holmes 18 days ago

    Is this new woman replacing Molly??

  • Tone Desh
    Tone Desh 20 days ago

    It’s a blow for the Pelicans but not the NBA. The start of the season has been very entertaining and the games have been fun to watch.

  • Jonathan Lee
    Jonathan Lee 24 days ago

    So much hype ... hmmmm

  • Adly Titus
    Adly Titus 25 days ago


  • Jackson Brown
    Jackson Brown 26 days ago +1

    Zion will be a nobody he will keep getting hurt.

  • RiizMo JellyMan
    RiizMo JellyMan 27 days ago +1

    This woman is better than Molly

  • Sean L
    Sean L 27 days ago

    The next Greg Oden

  • vic viper
    vic viper 27 days ago

    He's way overrated
    He's screwed, knees don't get better after surgery unless your adrian Peterson and zion Williamson is no adrian Peterson
    Greg oden, Derrick rose, Brandon roy, amre stoudamire where never the same after knee surgery
    Zions career is over before it even started.
    He will be playing in ice cube's big 3 league before u know it

  • CrimsonTide
    CrimsonTide 28 days ago

    He too heavy

  • GURU
    GURU 28 days ago

    Max is exactly right Zion can’t be power jumping like d rose

  • Kez
    Kez 28 days ago

    Torn meniscus is a 'serious' injury LoL

  • Shonda Harper
    Shonda Harper 28 days ago

    I like sis a lot better than Molly.

  • Shonda Harper
    Shonda Harper 28 days ago

    I like sis a lot better than Molly.

  • Yimmy Simmy
    Yimmy Simmy 28 days ago

    Keep this beautiful lady

  • Zion Izlegend
    Zion Izlegend 28 days ago

    Stephen A tha forgotten one.

  • Alexander K
    Alexander K 28 days ago

    Here we go!
    Zion needs to drop weight and play a bit more tentatively to maintain his health... going 100% at all times is a receipe for disaster.

  • Daniel Saintil
    Daniel Saintil 28 days ago

    So shaq should lose weight to right

  • PlayBae
    PlayBae 28 days ago

    Good! The NBA deserves this for FIXING the NBA Draft. The odds of their two worst performing teams (Pelicans and Grizzlies) getting the number 1 & 2 picks DESPITE having pretty decent records is greater than the odds of winning Powerball back to back in consecutive weeks AND no one is talking about it. Karma NBA, karma.

  • Travar Taylor
    Travar Taylor 28 days ago

    Needs to develop a post game, drop some lb's and get a jumper. All that dunking his career will be over within 6yrs. Not good for the knees overtime!!

  • Joenel Saracho
    Joenel Saracho 28 days ago

    He is full of energy and overeacting that his problem

  • samo hero
    samo hero 28 days ago

    It's over

  • Para will
    Para will 28 days ago

    The weight is NOT the issue.....at this point. The issue has to do with his injury history since high school. Non-contact (or light contact) knee injuries happens to all shapes and sizes, so it isn't only about his weight. The biggest worry is if he is prone to injuries playing basketball which can be a serious problem given the way he plays. Yes, weight loss will help him, but he will have to change the way he plays the game as well. The young man has had a number of lower extremity injuries at a young age, so I would definitely consider shutting him down the whole year since he will be out nearly 2 months or longer. Allow him to heal and rehab after the surgery, and work on other things to help make him more durable.

  • Andrej Lorenci
    Andrej Lorenci 28 days ago

    Best before end: 20 dunks, 3 spins, 30 rebounds.

  • kcuse315 tck
    kcuse315 tck 28 days ago

    Yup I said it when he was at Duke playing hill get hurt and hill be nobody in the NBA seen it coming

    QBUBUU 28 days ago

    When Stephen A said this might be the best season in the last quarter century. I felt that.

  • Ali Ali
    Ali Ali 28 days ago

    This one sports RU-clipr called it,

  • Ronald Johnson
    Ronald Johnson 28 days ago

    This is what this struggling franchise didn't need, they rigged the lottery to help the Grizzlies and pelicans sorry franchises, but hopefully this kid loses 15 pounds and have a good career, I hope he's not Gregg Olden, the pelicans and Grizzlies cannot sell tickets without a star or potential star,

  • PhAtAL The Kollector
    PhAtAL The Kollector 28 days ago

    Ros Gold-Onwude is great for this show!

  • Kid Corey
    Kid Corey 28 days ago

    Here after the knee surgery 😭😭

  • Jerry Phillips
    Jerry Phillips 28 days ago

    Just like Sam Bowie and Greg Oden he was already hurt before the draft so stop it! The Pels knew it and picked him knowing he'd shut it down and recover. They hope he'll be 100% but who knows? He is a big boy.

  • Carl Johnson
    Carl Johnson 28 days ago

    maybe zion can get some chinese medicine

  • E DUB
    E DUB 29 days ago

    Nine title contenders? Get real.

  • Rozco
    Rozco 29 days ago

    Predictions on when he'll make season debut? Maybe Saturday Nov 16 vs the Heat?

    RAAB BYRT 29 days ago

    This moderator is fabulous. She doesn't interrupt like Molly. She doesn't make everything about her self like Molly. She doesn't have a screeching voice like Molly. And she is 50x more sexy than Molly. keep Molly away.

  • lekobemcgrad y
    lekobemcgrad y 29 days ago

    This is Blake Griffin all over again

  • Anfernee Tomlinson
    Anfernee Tomlinson 29 days ago

    Max’s explanation of Derrick Rose sounds like a non athletic man explaining athletics! Max is a nerd

  • Kevin Dickerson
    Kevin Dickerson 29 days ago

    I think zion is going to be hurt his whole career he is suspect he was hurt at duke

  • Shaun Sweeney
    Shaun Sweeney 29 days ago +2

    The NBA is Trash! Maybe the Chinese can heal Zion!

  • Christian Trincado
    Christian Trincado 29 days ago

    Write this down, if he doesn’t drop 25 pounds he’ll be a bust in this league. It has nothing to do with talent, he just won’t be able to play physically.

  • johnnydaniels18
    johnnydaniels18 29 days ago

    Might regret that 1st pick, kind of a gamble due to a big possibility he may be injury prone in the future but they did what they had to do lol and what everyone and their grandmama would have done

  • Tampa is back 5904
    Tampa is back 5904 29 days ago

    My guess for the 9 contenders is
    1. Lakers
    9. I don’t have 9

  • ericlogos
    ericlogos 29 days ago

    No Molly. Thank God. She's got to go.

  • RazTopics
    RazTopics 29 days ago


  • jjay
    jjay 29 days ago

    Zion will be injury prone in the NBA. That big body landing on on his legs is too much pressure. He needs to get in better condition.

  • Thomas Coursey
    Thomas Coursey 29 days ago

    Wow Ros is great no interruption 👍🏻

  • Paul Jenkins
    Paul Jenkins 29 days ago

    Please name all 9 contenders.. I've got Clippers/Rockets/Nuggets/Lakers/Sixers/Bucks, and that's IT.

  • jdoe
    jdoe 29 days ago +1

    Anthony Bennet 2.0

  • G. Alston
    G. Alston 29 days ago

    Needs to lose weight and stop jumping so much! Your knees are first to go in basketball. Gravity is undefeated!

  • dave roy
    dave roy 29 days ago

    He needs to work on his grammar

  • Courtland Farrington
    Courtland Farrington 29 days ago

    He didn't make it 30 games for Duke, so how is he going to make an 82 game season?? He needs to drop 30 plus and develop a jump shot. Even Chuck had to learn to shot a 3 to save his body. Zion will get maybe 45 games to play this season at best.

  • BotSkin
    BotSkin 29 days ago +1

    Bust alert 🚨

  • zaxx19
    zaxx19 29 days ago

    Bro, drop to 240....real talk. Those joints can’t handle explosive movements at that size over and over....

  • Jeffrey Richards
    Jeffrey Richards 29 days ago +1

    He's 19 and getting knee injuries?? He gotta lose alot of weight..

    SDAWG 29 days ago

    NBA career longevity has always suited guys that were around 6'6" 210-215. With that said Zion should slim down some and ease back on all the hopping around. I just don't think his body will hold up with all that jumping through the roof on every play. I do hope his injury isn't severe and I wish him luck

  • TheDawgchew
    TheDawgchew 29 days ago

    Steven a when star football players get on one team says they are trash and need to show me something on sunday because they never played, but in basketball they are championship contenders. Foh

  • Officer Orange cheetolini

    Idolization is real

  • Kesey Designs
    Kesey Designs 29 days ago

    I agree though, opening night lost its power punch for me!

  • Kesey Designs
    Kesey Designs 29 days ago

    Zions a kid, he will heal fast, they will slim him down, and he will get the best sports medicine and physical therapy money can buy. He's disciplined, he'll be back when he's 100%. No sooner. Cant risk it.

  • Kesey Designs
    Kesey Designs 29 days ago

    They are being EXTRA CAUTIOUS with Zion, let this year be a learning curve and a healing time for him. And a gathering of the team players to get to know each other and bond. Next year will be the break through year. They have 5 Players 21 and under, and Ingram at 22. That's a super young team. Two at 19.