It didn’t take long for Duke forward Zion Williamson to prove he’d be taken early in the NBA Draft.
Ever since he announced he’d enter the draft after one year in college, it was pretty evident he’d be the first pick overall and was one of the most hyped top players in the draft since LeBron James.
Still, becoming the top pick in the draft wasn’t a reality to Zion until the New Orleans Pelicans called his name last night during the 2019 NBA Draft.
After shaking hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and showcasing his Pelicans jersey in front of hundreds of camera flashes, Williamson walked off stage for his first official interview as an NBA player.
ESPN’s Maria Taylor caught up with Zion for an emotional interview.
“You have been waiting for this moment since you were 5,” she began her question to the 18-year-old. “How would you describe being the overall No. 1 pick in this draft?”
Zion’s response? “I don’t know what to say,” he said, beginning to get visibly emotional. “My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.”
Taylor then followed up about the important role of Williamson’s mother in his development and upbringing. It had Zion choking up even more as his mother joined him during the interview.
The special moment had social media tearing up. See some of what people had to say below.
Zion really about to make me cry talkin’ about his Mom’s sacrifices pic.twitter.com/ZUZrmxzYPe— Sully Engels (@SullyKSNT) June 20, 2019
Zion love his momma... I’m about to cry dammit pic.twitter.com/GlxHWAN46p— SIXXXXXX RINGSSSSSS 🐐 (@SupaSaiyan24) June 20, 2019
Damn Zion i didnt want to cry tonight— KnicksNation (@KnicksNation) June 20, 2019
Zion making my grown ass cry like a baby when he gets emotional about his mom. One of the few athletes I can recall in my lifetime who I appreciate for his personality as much if not more than his athleticism/talent https://t.co/hDFNO8Hniv via @ESPN App https://t.co/nCTfeE7T1r— Bo Tokarski (@BoTokarski) June 21, 2019
Omg this Zion interview pic.twitter.com/K0DAmwY9gg— Joseph Billiot (@jdbillio) June 20, 2019
That Zion interview was one of the best post-pick interviews I can ever remember. That was really nice— Silver Screen & Roll (@LakersSBN) June 20, 2019
Me looking around my empty apartment to see if anyone else is crying at that Zion interview too pic.twitter.com/Zeekuj7xKM— Emily Kinard (@emkinard) June 20, 2019
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