Zion Williamson Comparison Going Viral: NBA World Reacts

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The past 365 days have been a noisy one for Pelicans star Zion Williamson.

The former top overall pick missed the entirety of the 2021 season with a foot injury.

And as concerns grew about her weight and injury-prone label,

Some even wondered if the 22-year-old was a bust.

In a recent interview with GQ, Williamson compared his path to that of the famous anime character Naruto:

No matter what the world is saying, I have to remember that I am who I am and stick to it.

That's what Naruto did, and that's what I'm going to do. ...no one took Naruto seriously for a while.

And then he went and trained with [Master Shinobi] Jiraiya for three years, right?

And he came back at age 16, goat.

The comparison to Zion received a ton of backlash on social media.

One user tweeted, "This [outrageous] is so shameful."

"Goku better, Legacy points deducted," replied another.

"The Pelicans will have a great one," said another.

"Better than go."

Pelicans fans can only hope that the comparison is apt.