Wob: The Time Zion Williamson Bet on Himself in Middle School & More From the NBA’s Rising Stars

Feb 14, 2020, 12:59 PM EST

Chicago, IL — On Friday morning, the league’s brightest up-and-coming stars gathered to get ready for the evening’s Rising Stars game. During media availability, I wanted to ask them one important question:

“When was a time you bet on yourself?”

Here were the answers…

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

“Growing up, in middle school, when I dropped football and soccer and I said I’m only focusing on basketball and see where it takes me.”


Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

“I always have confidence in myself. I’ve always felt like I was good enough. It was just whether colleges or whoever else thought I was, so I just focused on what I had to do and going out and playing.”


Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

“There were doubts about me going to Kentucky as a four-star recruit, being overlooked. But I knew with the opportunity and my work ethic, I would make it happen.”


RJ Barrett, New York Knicks

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