Zion Williamson’s legend grows with every game, with each new thundering dunk and every stunning new feat of elevation. It has been this way for several years now, with Williamson the featured actor in a growing collection of viral clips that show a player with the skills to outrun almost anyone, to catch almost anything, to challenge almost anybody. Even his lowest moments — the sneaker that couldn’t hold him, the injured knee that cost him five games — have somehow morphed into highlights. But Williamson, an 18-year-old Duke freshman and the top prize in Tuesday night’s N.B.A. draft lottery, has been making memorable moments for years. A group of New York Times reporters tracked down some of the people who were present for a few of them, to ask them about the memories that stand out the most.
By Kevin Armstrong
To Konchalski’s well-trained eye — in five decades he had amassed an inventory of reports that stretched from Michael Jordan to LeBron James — Williamson, who had just turned 16, appeared to be an interior technician, a player at ease turning on his defender to make it to the rim for understated finishes. Because of Williamson’s body type, Konchalski considered him a left-handed Jamal Mashburn, a reference to the beefy Bronx product who played 11 seasons in the N.B.A.
When Konchalski sat down at his typewriter after the Elite 24 to describe Williamson’s effort, he wrote that the “6-foot-5 junior Zion Williamson, the master of quiet domination, provided a bit of fresh air.”
Looking back, Konchalski says now, he got it all wrong.
“I’m wiping off copious amounts of egg from my face,” he said. Williamson, he knows, “is anything but quiet.”
By Adam Zagoria
James, of course, wasn’t the only one interested in that confluence of basketball stardust. The N.B.A. players Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins, Jamal Murray and Thon Maker were in the gym by the time James arrived, adding buzz to a crowd of more than 4,000 that threatened to swamp a court configured to hold less than half that many.
Even in warm-ups, the excitement was palpable. The fans oohed and aahed as Williamson tossed balls high in the air and dunked them; many spectators held cellphones, the better to share video clips of a scene that was quickly called the “craziest A.A.U. game ever.”
But James never saw any of it. With fans standing a dozen deep, nearly spilling onto the court from every direction, he and his group were told that just letting him into the gym constituted a security risk. A teenager’s mere presence, it seemed, had squeezed out basketball’s biggest star. James was told he couldn’t come in.
“We shut him down,” an Adidas marketing executive told CBS Sports at the time. “The corners were 500 deep. That’s where it got insane.”
It would be a year and a half before James got to see Williamson play in person. In February, he took a 35-minute flight from Philadelphia to Charlottesville, Va., and watched from courtside as Williamson, playing for Duke, went for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a win against Virginia. Williamson’s athleticism, James declared, was “ridiculous.”
By David Waldstein
On this occasion, Richardson’s toss arrived well below the rim. But that enabled Williamson to do something outrageous: He rose into the air, reached out with two hands to grab the incoming pass at about shoulder height, and — still rising, now high enough to peer inside the rim he was about to shake — used one sweeping, circular motion to bring the ball down to his waist and then back up to the left side of his body before ramming it through the basket with his left hand.
The crowd erupted.
“I remember thinking, ‘Holy cow, I’ve never seen anyone do anything like that, let alone be a part of it,’” Richardson said. “People were falling out of the bleachers.”
The dunk made it onto highlight reels and national sports shows within hours, but Richardson did not see a replay until the next day, when he and teammates sneaked a peek in a study hall.
“I wish I could take credit for it,” Richardson said, “but it was completely accidental.”
By Marc Tracy
Williamson, who went last, was off the charts. On his first attempt, he casually swatted aside the highest measurement. A staff member adjusted the pole to its highest setting and reset the tabs, and Williamson repeated the feat. They put weights under the contraption to lift it a few more inches into the air. Williamson batted the highest measurements aside again.
“It was something you don't see a lot, especially with a guy who is built like him flying through the air,” forward Javin DeLaurier said. “It's a sight to behold.”
Nolan Smith, an assistant coach who played for four years at Duke and several more in the N.B.A. and Europe, said he had never seen anything like it. Cam Reddish, another Blue Devils’ freshman, said he missed out; he said he was in another part of the building when Williamson tested the test itself.
“I just heard that he broke the record,” Reddish said. “Zion things.”
By Kevin Draper
Williams said plays like that one were the reason comparing Williamson to other basketball players is a mistake.
“To me, I was looking at a football player who had the finesse of basketball ability,” he said. “I’ve never seen that before. I played against Julius Peppers in college. I remember him being the only guy Carlos Boozer was somewhat intimidated to go against because he couldn’t just move him around. I remember thinking for the first time: ‘Oh, I was looking at Julius Peppers but through a basketball lens. What? What?’ Julius was agile, but I am talking about the frame of the body. It reminded me of a linebacker or a tight end. Just different.”
By Joe Drape and Marc Tracy
“I didn’t hear anything, man,” Maye said Thursday.
What everyone quickly realized was that the story had quickly changed from a heated rivalry game — top-ranked Duke vs. No. 8 North Carolina — into something far more bizarre: Williamson’s Nike sneaker had broken apart as he made a move at the free-throw line. He was down. North Carolina was racing upcourt. And everyone else was asking: What just happened?
Maye, in that moment, had the best seat in the house.
“I just took the ball,” he said, “and just started going.”
Initially, the Blue Devils were just as confused. The first thing Duke’s Javin DeLaurier saw from his spot on the bench was the sneaker on Williamson’s left foot, or what was left of it, anyway: Its sole was flapping free, like a banner in the wind.
To DeLaurier, this counted as good news.
“I was like, ‘Oh, no, it’s just his shoe,’” he said. “There was a sigh of relief.”
He had, after all, seen this before. He had blown out a shoe before. He had seen Williamson do it, too. “Zion’s a big human being, moving pretty fast, changing direction,” DeLaurier said. “It happens.”
By David Waldstein
In fact, Williamson jumped so high and stretched so vertically that his right hand was well above the height of the 10-foot rim when he cleanly swatted Hunter’s shot into the stands.
“He just came out of nowhere,” Hunter said.
Worse news, at least for Hunter, was that the clip made its way to ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and other highlight shows, and it is now a staple of the Williamson YouTube filmography.
“I didn’t know it was going to be such a big deal,” Hunter said recently.B:
彩霸王综合资料二字经“【什】【么】？”【乌】【苏】【带】【着】【疑】【问】【说】【道】。 “【我】【想】【你】【去】【我】【家】【把】【我】【的】【猫】【接】【过】【来】，【然】【后】【我】【们】【一】【起】【死】【好】【吗】？【这】【样】【我】【在】【地】【狱】【也】【能】【照】【顾】【我】【的】【猫】【了】，【可】【爱】【的】【暹】【罗】？”【我】【笑】【着】【说】【道】。 【乌】【苏】【点】【了】【点】【脑】【袋】。 【我】【也】【点】【了】【点】【脑】【袋】【说】【道】：“【我】【给】【你】【地】【址】，【窗】【台】【那】【里】【就】【是】【我】【家】【的】【钥】【匙】。【去】【拿】【猫】【回】【来】，【最】【多】【半】【个】【小】【时】。” 【乌】【苏】【将】【我】【家】【的】【地】【址】【抄】【写】【在】
【两】【个】【人】【摸】【索】【一】【番】【找】【到】【了】【开】【棺】【的】【机】【关】，【这】【需】【要】【两】【个】【人】【一】【左】【一】【右】【同】【时】【打】【开】。【打】【开】【的】【同】【时】【棺】【木】【发】【出】【阵】【阵】【刺】【耳】【的】【声】【音】，【腐】【烂】【的】【臭】【味】【也】【渐】【渐】【传】【了】【出】【来】，【两】【个】【人】【这】【才】【意】【识】【到】【问】【题】【的】【严】【重】【性】。【待】【棺】【木】【彻】【底】【打】【开】，【穆】【流】【光】【只】【看】【了】【一】【眼】，【头】【顶】【就】【传】【来】【王】【子】【萱】【的】【尖】【叫】【声】。 【两】【个】【人】【马】【上】【放】【手】，【棺】【盖】【瞬】【间】【合】【上】。 【等】【两】【人】【赶】【到】【公】【寓】【里】，【王】【子】【萱】
【蒙】【面】【男】【子】【击】【出】【两】【掌】，【拍】【在】【眼】【前】【那】【颗】【树】【身】，‘【咔】【嚓】！’【一】【声】，【树】【应】【声】【倒】【下】，【蒙】【面】【男】【子】【又】【是】【击】【出】【一】【掌】，【那】【颗】【树】【直】【朝】***【砸】【去】，【那】【棵】【树】【在】【空】【中】【舞】【动】，【嚯】【嚯】【作】【响】 ***【大】【吃】【一】【惊】，【急】【忙】【纵】【起】，【挥】【右】【掌】【将】【那】【棵】【树】【击】【落】，【刹】【那】【间】，【只】【见】【那】【蒙】【面】【男】【子】【已】【是】【来】【到】【身】【前】，【他】【击】【出】【一】【掌】，***【躲】【无】【可】【躲】，【避】【无】【可】【避】，【唯】【有】彩霸王综合资料二字经【陈】【青】【三】【听】【得】【段】【九】【医】【这】【样】【说】【这】【才】【想】【起】【眼】【前】【还】【有】【事】【需】【要】【尽】【快】【处】【理】。【点】【头】【说】【道】：“【嗯】，【掌】【教】【言】【之】【有】【理】。【呵】【呵】，【不】【过】【这】【里】【的】【事】【也】【不】【用】【多】【久】。【离】【火】，【我】【给】【你】【介】【绍】【下】【情】【况】【吧】。” 【伏】【龙】【阵】【并】【不】【一】【个】【单】【一】【的】【封】【印】【阵】【法】。【经】【过】【这】【数】【万】【年】【的】【加】【固】，【早】【已】【形】【成】【以】【当】【初】【混】【元】【宗】【护】【山】【大】【阵】【为】【基】【础】，【延】【伸】【出】【许】【多】【辅】【助】【的】【阵】【法】。【大】【大】【小】【小】【有】【十】【数】【套】【阵】【法】
【如】【树】【木】【一】【般】【长】【生】【的】【无】【尽】【岁】【月】【麻】【木】【之】【后】，【便】【是】【木】【生】【火】。 【那】【如】【年】【轮】【雕】【刻】【的】【迟】【钝】【大】【脑】【颤】【抖】，【他】【看】【到】【了】【远】【方】【的】【一】【点】【火】【星】【坠】【落】，【瞬】【间】【便】【化】【为】【了】【星】【火】【燎】【原】【之】【势】。 【映】【满】【眼】【眶】【的】【火】【红】，【如】【此】【炙】【热】【活】【跃】【的】【颜】【色】，【熊】【熊】【燃】【烧】【的】【火】【焰】【将】【世】【界】【包】【裹】，【生】【命】【无】【尽】【升】【腾】【的】【火】【焰】。 【积】【累】【的】【千】【年】，【万】【年】【的】【生】【机】【在】【一】【刹】【那】【间】【绽】【放】，【一】【切】【都】【燃】【烧】【了】【起】
【到】【时】【间】【了】，【该】【来】【的】【事】【情】【一】【定】【会】【到】【来】。 【田】【功】【和】【冉】【枭】【离】【开】【天】【境】……【在】【出】【来】【之】【前】，【田】【功】【很】【认】【真】【的】【道】【别】【了】【又】【道】【别】，【让】【冉】【枭】【先】【走】。 【那】【个】【一】【直】【很】【美】【丽】【的】【身】【影】【在】【通】【道】【中】【消】【失】，【留】【下】【一】【滴】【泪】【水】。 【田】【功】【看】【着】【发】【呆】，【看】【了】【好】【长】【时】【间】，【才】【走】【出】【通】【道】。 【冉】【枭】【已】【经】【走】【了】，【这】【片】【地】【方】【只】【有】【海】【水】，【田】【功】【笑】【了】【一】【下】，【纵】【身】【飞】【向】【高】【空】。 【一】
【掀】【起】【床】【帘】，【定】【睛】【看】【去】。【任】【卿】【晴】【心】【里】【已】【猜】【到】【会】【是】【个】【男】【子】，【但】【如】【何】【也】【没】【想】【到】【竟】【会】【是】【端】【王】【宇】【通】。【她】【伸】【手】【使】【劲】【去】【推】【尚】【未】【醒】【来】【的】【人】，【口】【中】【轻】【唤】【着】【道】：【王】【爷】！【王】【爷】！ 【唤】【了】【好】【一】【会】【儿】，【人】【才】【渐】【渐】【转】【醒】【过】【来】。 【不】【等】【眼】【睛】【睁】【开】，【只】【觉】【得】【头】【痛】【欲】【裂】，【身】【子】【沉】【重】【乏】【力】，【耳】【边】【有】【人】【在】【唤】‘【王】【爷】’，【听】【来】【急】【切】【得】【很】。【宇】【通】【皱】【着】【眉】【头】【慢】【慢】【睁】【开】【眼】