Crean On Zion: Coach K Didn't Get Enough Credit

Zion Williamson is an all-world talent, Tom Crean says, but he developed considerably under Mike Krzyzewski

Reiter Than You
June 21, 2019 - 8:33 am
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Earlier this week, Mike Krzyzewski called Zion Williamson “a gift from God for a coach.” Well, Krzyzewski may have been a gift for Williamson as well.

“I think Mike Krzyzewski, as great as he is – greatest winner of all time – I don’t think he got nearly the credit for the job he did with Zion Williamson,” Georgia coach Tom Crean said on Reiter Than You. “I think everybody sees the body and the athleticism and the personality and the dunks, and I thought he did a phenomenal job – he and his staff – of getting him to play with some poise, getting him not to rush. They got zoned a lot, and he didn’t rush. He’d keep moving. He became a guy that really started at his age to understand the game more and more. I would give credit to his high school coach even though I don’t know him, but I thought Mike did a great job of really getting that kid to take a breath and play the game.”

That will only help Williamson, who was drafted No. 1 overall on Thursday, in the NBA.

“Zion is going to have to cover ground from the lane to the corner two or three times a possession minimum with the people he’s going to have to guard,” Crean said. “He’s going to have to switch. He’s going to have to learn all these things. So learning the nuances of that – not just the offensive nuances but the defensive nuances – and being bale to control that body and keep that balance and do all of those things are going to be really, really important for him.

“Again, I think Mike did a really good job in the one year he was there,” Crean continued. “That’s not easy to have a guy with that much hype and ability and make him that much better considerably as a basketball player – and I thought he did that.”

Click below to listen to Crean’s interview in its entirety.