WATCH: Zion Williamson booed for attempt at Whitney Houston song
Oct. 07, 2019
Former Duke star and current New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson can do astounding things on a basketball court. Singing along to Whitney Houston just doesn’t seem to be one of them.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson was asked to sing Houston’s, “I want to dance with somebody,” and didn’t appear to know the words, asking for help to find the lyrics on his phone.
Things picked up a bit once the chorus hit, but overall, it wasn’t the kind of effort fans in attendance were hoping for from the player many showed up to see, and they let him know about it.
Williamson’s effort looked especially off compared to former ACC rival and fellow rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker , a guard out of Virginia Tech who went to the Brooklyn Nets with the No. 17 pick before he was traded on draft night to Atlanta, then New Orleans, becoming essentially the Pelicans’ third first-rounder. Alexander-Walker’s song was 1990s anthem “A thousand miles,” by Vanessa Carlton, and let’s just say he leaned all the way into it.
The good news for Williamson is that the Pelicans (and Jordan Brand, and Gatorade, etc.) aren’t paying him for his singing voice. The only stage presence they care about is how Williamson performs under the bright lights of the NBA season.
In that respect, expectations are off the charts. Williamson is potentially the most exciting rookie to hit the league in several years, thanks to his otherworldly athleticism and surprisingly versatile game packed into the body of Julius Peppers at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds. And as long as he continues to make wow plays when it counts, he can leave the singing to Pelicans fans.