Zion Williamson's first game at Madison Square Garden was a highly-anticipated affair Thursday night, and the 18-year-old left thinking about what it would be like to make it his NBA home.
"Playing 41 games here would not be so bad," Williamson told reporters.
Zion Williamson on the Knicks: I think this is RJ's team. RJ, u wanna play for the Knicks? If they draft me, I'd love to play for the Knicks. I do not really care where I go. Just the experience of being in the NBA whoever wants me & whoever sees the most in me that's where I wanna be pic.twitter.com/HHYlKLlKK1
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Zion fouled out late in the fourth quarter, finishing with 17 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes, helping lead Duke past Texas Tech 69-58.
"Forty-one games at the Garden, I mean, it's probably be incredible," the projected top-five NBA draft pick said after helping Duke come back for a 69-58 win over Texas Tech.
And given that the New York Knicks are among the worst teams in the NBA this season, William DJ and Rug Barrett and Cam Reddish – can be chosen to play his home games at MSG next season.
"This is the Garden," Williamson said. "A lot of greats have come through here. My favorite was to come through here was Bernard King because my stepdad talked about him a lot how he put the ball in the basket. … I had to watch his Highlights. He could really score the basketball. He was incredible how he did it.
"Playing 41 games here would not be so bad."
Zion Williamson is DOMINATING College Basketball