“That was the good old days, it kept the humility intact,” Erving said. “You felt honored to be a professional athlete and not privileged, because there was just some things you just had to suck it up and go do. We depended a lot on our trainers and equipment managers and what have you to move the franchise from city to city, and you always had to catch the first flight out the next morning so we didn’t have a lot of the conveniences they have today, but that’s okay. I think it’s made some of the players a little softer than the ’70s, ’80s, ’60s and ’50s players, but there’s fan appreciation for the softness and the finesse and it is what it is.”
July 6, 2022 | 5:10 pm EDT Update
Will Guillory: Zion Williamson said the past year has been an “emotional roller coaster” because people were questioning whether he wanted to be in New Orleans and questioning his family when they were in public. He said his focus was to stay positive and get healthy.
JD Shaw: The Pelicans have officially signed Zion Williamson to his extension. “Zion is an astounding 22-year old talent, who we believe is just scratching the surface of what he is capable of, both on and off the floor,” Pelicans EVP of basketball operations David Griffin said.