It was a guarantee that Zion Williamson would make his mark during Friday’s Rising Star Challenge. But bending a rim?
The New Orleans Pelicans rookie sensation bent the rim on a hellacious two-handed slam in the first half of the U.S.’s 151-131 win over the World team on Friday night in Chicago.
Williamson, who scored 14 points in the exhibition game that saw many highlight reel plays — and misses, said he didn’t know he wrecked the rim.
“[I] went into halftime and my teammates started telling me about it,” he said. “I don’t know which dunk it was on, but I don’t think it was me.”
The No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA draft also threw down an impressive left-handed dunk on an alley-oop off a between-the-legs feed from fellow rookie Ja Morant, the No. 2 selection.
Knicks shooting guard RJ Barrett, the third pick in the draft, also put on a show.
He scored 27 points for the World team and stopped his one-time Duke teammate from putting down another alley-oop slam.
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