Alvin Gentry discussed staying disciplined with Zion Williamson's playing time despite the excitement and reaction from fans.
"It's the way we've decided, it's best for him right now and that's what we're going to stick to. I know everybody gets real excited, and I hear every night that I'm the dumbest coach in the world about why would I take the guy out in the game of the last 5 minutes or 6 minutes? So I'll live with that knowing that we're doing the right thing," said Gentry following the Pelicans' 113-106 loss to the Nuggets.
Williamson finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds on the night. Williamson has shot 15-of-20 from the field, the highest field goal percentage through two games out of any player in the shot clock era, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Gentry says that the team need to be patient until Williamson can fully be incorporated into the rotation.
"I think he's shown he's getting more of a feel. The speed of the game and all of that. So we just got to be patient enough to understand to let him get to the point where he can play a normal rotation minutes. We will not deviate from that at all. If it will be a few more games, then that's what it's going to be and we just gotta understand."