Zion Williamson’s knee injury was the topic of much discussion after the New Orleans Pelicans announced that their star rookie would be sitting out Thursday’s preseason game against the New York Knicks. On Friday morning, we finally received an update and some clarity on the status of the No. 1 overall pick.
The good news for the Pelicans and their fans is that Williamson avoided a severe knee injury.
The bad news: New Orleans will not have Williamson on the court when they tip-off their regular season campaign on Tuesday, October 22 against the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors.
According to reports, Williamson will miss a “period of weeks” to start his rookie year.
“A severe injury has been ruled out for Zion Williamson’s right knee, but he is expected to miss period of weeks to start regular season, league sources tell ESPN,” NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski wrote on Twitter. “Pels are clearly treating injury with an abundance of caution but there’s no shortage of confidence on full recovery.”
A severe injury has been ruled out for Zion Williamson’s right knee, but he is expected to miss period of weeks to start regular season, league sources tell ESPN. Pels are clearly treating injury with an abundance of caution but there’s no shortage of confidence on full recovery.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 18, 2019
It’s better safe than sorry, and everyone in New Orleans can just breath a sigh of relief that things weren’t much worse.
The Pelicans will officially kickoff their 2019-20 campaign on the road on Tuesday, October 22 against the defending champion Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena, so we will get an early look at how the Pelicans will stack up against the best of the best even if they are not at full strength. New Orleans wraps up their preseason on Friday, October 18 against the New York Knicks.
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