As Zion Williamson was in the midst of putting up 21 points and nine boards on 9-for-9 shooting in the first half of his ACC tournament quarterfinal game against Syracuse, Orange guard Frank Howard was trying his best to figure out a way to slow him down.
What he came up with?
Oh wow good catch by ESPN.
Frank Howard tries to trip Zion after his dunk earlier in the 1st half. pic.twitter.com/TXQVePlKM5
— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 15, 2019
This was, quite clearly, intentional and it was, obviously, on a player that had just returned from a knee injury.
That’s not the best way to go about making friends.
Nothing came of the trip, because it was not spotted by officials or anyone on Duke’s bench. And the fact that Zion Williamson is actually an 18-wheeler clad in Nike gear probably played a role in that, too.