Tense Relationship: Zion Williamson and the Pelicans The relationship between Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans is at a crucial crossroads. The next few months could determine whether the Pelicans become NBA title contenders or whether Williamson will live up to his potential. Unlike Anthony Davis, Williamson’s dedication to being an MVP contender is in question. His physical fitness and lack of dedication to being in top shape has become a concern for the franchise. Despite the Pelicans’ decent record, Williamson’s numbers are trending down and his performance against the Lakers was embarrassing. There is a standoff between the star player and the franchise, with the Pelicans reportedly setting strict conditions related to his weight and body fat percentage. The tension is palpable between the two parties. While Williamson is still a valuable player, questions remain about his motivation to become an MVP. The Pelicans are looking for Williamson to prove himself and live up to his massive contract. They have invested a lot in Williamson and hope that he will reach his peak to lead the franchise to a championship. This situation is highly combustible, and Williamson must find the motivation to dominate the league, or risk joining the list of prospects who never lived up to their potential.