Zion, NBA's Rising Stars awestruck by meeting former President Obama

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Williamson said that meeting Obama has been one of his top life experiences thus far.

However, the rims over at the Rising Stars Challenge in the 2020 NBA All-Star Games in Chicago were clearly not ready for rookie Zion Williamson.

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Prior to taking to the floor, Williamson met Barack Obama at an NBA Cares event in Chicago and explained why he developed a newfound appreciation for the former United States president.

Slowly, Obama weaved his way around the room and introduced himself to every player, student, volunteer and coach. The students said they felt similarly.

"It was insane being able to stand next to him, talk to him", Young said afterward. He was just like a regular person - that's what was insane. By the time Trae Young found Williamson for another thunderous slam with 1:09 remaining, the backboard wasn't only shaking - it was left tilted.

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World forward Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks reacts with US guard Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA Rising Stars basketball game at United Center. "I gained so much more respect for him just by him saying that [he kept up with my games]".

According to Dwain Price of Mavs.com, Young had nothing to say but praise regarding his fellow sophomore.

Williamson was stunned when Obama started rattling off his recent stats in Pelicans games. "That was all I needed to hear, to be honest".

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"He said I played great, and I kind of zoned out after that", Williamson said, still giddy.

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