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Pelicans' social media team, TV analyst rip Stephen A. Smith for 'lazy' Zion Williamson criticism

After Stephen A. Smith made fun of Zion Williamson's eating habits, the Pelicans' social media team and one of its analysts returned the favor.

Stephen A. Smith caught some flak from the New Orleans Pelicans after he criticized their biggest star.

On Friday's edition of "Get Up," Smith and Mike Greenberg were discussing the Pelicans and Zion Williamson, who has made his share of headlines with injuries and off-court issues.

One of those issues, Williamson has admitted, is his eating habits.


In July, the 2019 No. 1 overall pick admitted "it's hard" to stay in top shape since he's young with "all the money in the world."

However, a report in December said Williamson simply "doesn't listen" to the organization's requests to take his diet seriously. Around that time, he looked sluggish on the floor, notably in the In-Season Tournament.

Williamson is averaging 24.3 points in his last 14 games, which is just a tick lower than his career mark of 24.9, but Smith isn't convinced.

"Zion Williamson, it's not about his game. It's about how many burgers he's eating and whether or not he's gonna be in shape. Or is he gonna keep eating McDonald's?" Smith said Friday morning. "That's what he has to prove — that the chefs don't love him any longer, that he's committed to playing basketball and being in shape."


That prompted both the Pelicans' social media team and one of their broadcasters to rip Smith in return.

The social media team kept it blunt, posting a graphic of Smith's college basketball stats, when he averaged just 1.5 points per game in one season.

They also posted a montage of Smith's athletic "highlights."

Pelicans TV analyst Antonio Daniels didn't go the troll route, though, and went right after Smith for being "lazy."

"Listen man, I am all for objective, fair critiquing of individuals and, collectively, of teams," he said on SiriusXM’s NBA Radio. "I felt what Stephen A. said this morning of Zion was completely inappropriate and lazy. If you have an issue, there’s a way to go about addressing that issue.

"[The Pelicans] have won eight of their last nine games, but then you wake up this morning and this right here is the topic? To me, it’s almost gotten to the point where it’s personal."

Williams is averaging a career-high 4.9 assists, although his current 22.5 points per game is a career low.

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