The reasons the Pelicans have given for restricting Zion Williamson's minutes are not the explanation your basketball-starved brain wants to hear. The sensible option is rarely the fun one.
The Hawks have a great young core, rotation spots available off the bench and lots of money. Because of this summer's cap environment, Atlanta could overpay a couple of veterans for one year and still have flexibility moving forward.
Expansion franchises usually feel weird and fake for a while, because they are, but eventually over time become ordinary and identifiable- something with a history, something you know. The Hornets lack that familiarity, even with 16 seasons and counting in the rearview.
Zion Williamson is the star the NBA is most relying upon as it returns to television with the pandemic still raging, peddling a stranger, more austere version of the product its audience is used to.
The NBA's return is the product of a bunch of people who love basketball trying to figure out how to bring it back, drafting proposals as thick as infrastructure bills.