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Sunday / May 19.
  • Coach K: Zion Williamson will miss UNC game, play in ACC Tournament

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says Zion Williamson likely won’t play in Saturday’s regular-season finale against North Carolina but will be ready for the ACC Tournament next week.

    “He’s getting more confidence, and we just have to get him in shape,” Krzyzewski said after No. 4 Duke edged Wake Forest, 71-70, Tuesday night. “I don’t think he’ll be ready for Saturday. I have to be careful not to push this, but I would be surprised if he wasn’t ready by the ACC tournament.”

    The 6-foot-7 Williamson is in the final phase of his recovery and has missed four games since spraining his knee Feb. 20 in a loss to North Carolina.

    He is the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and the Knicks and Suns will play a Zion Bowl game on Wednesday night as both teams tank to to finish with the league’s worst record.

    “I’ve never seen anyone 6-8, 285, but what he is is he’s the most explosive, powerful, bouncy, quick, fast player that I’ve ever seen and I hope he doesn’t get hurt for the next five years because if he stays healthy for the next five years, we’re going to see some incredible dunks and blocks,” former Duke star Christian Laettner said Tuesday on ESPN’s “The Jump.”

    “I think people don’t give enough credit to his defensive play. He’s going to be able to block shots in the NBA, he’s going to be able to block dunks so it’s going to be fun to be able to watch him play.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.