BOSTON (CBS) – The biggest star of college basketball has left one of the biggest games of the season Wednesday night after playing 34 seconds. Nobody knows when – or if – They will see Zion Williamson in Duke's shirt.
Williamson, the main player of the National Player of the Year award, suffered a knee injury when his shoe collapsed during Duke's initial possession against North Carolina. He left the game and did not return. Duke would eventually lose 16 points at home against UNC.
Although the loss of Williamson was a major disappointment for anyone hoping to see a great match – and for all who paid a lot to be present – this injury has certainly attracted the attention of many NBA stars. . Some of them stated that Williamson players should not be forced to spend a year playing college basketball, risking an injury that would derail or harm their professional career or, at all less, to be compensated.
LeBron James, who was in the third to last class class allowed to go to the NBA directly from high school in 2003, did not insist, but offered his support.
Regardless of the severity of the injury, no matter how serious the injury, there will be a national debate about whether Williamson should be in fashion for the rest of the season. With 21.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game, Williamson has already proven, in 26 games, that he deserved to be at the forefront of the NBA's selections. this year.
Whether Williamson plays or not, the injury is likely to highlight the NBA's requirement that all players must be 19 years old before being eligible for the repechage. This requirement has pushed most players to compete in the NCAA, although the option to play in Europe – also called Brandon Jennings Road – is available.
Last summer, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league was "ready to make this change" with regard to lowering the minimum age limit to 18 years .
"My personal point of view is that we are ready to make this change [and] that it will not come right away, "said Silver. "When I weighed the pros and cons, knowing that Condoleezza Rice and her commission recommended to the NBA to ensure that these" one-and-done "players enter the league directly and that the university community has essentially these players more, it makes me think that we should seriously consider lowering our age to 18 years. "
An injury to the # 1 player in the country will certainly revive the debate in a big way – and perhaps pave the way for a creative solution to faster resolution.