Zion Williamson Out With Knee Injury To Start Season

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is expected to be sidelined for “a period of weeks” to start his rookie season due to a right knee injury, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via Twitter).

The Pelicans announced on Thursday that Williamson would miss Friday’s preseason game vs. the Knicks with right knee soreness and that he would undergo further testing. According to Wojnarowski, those tests have ruled out the possibility of a severe injury, but New Orleans is treating the issue with an “abundance of caution.” A full recovery is anticipated, Woj adds.

While it’s good news that Williamson avoided a major injury, his absence will put a damper on the NBA’s opening night next Tuesday, when the Pelicans are scheduled to face the defending-champion Raptors in the first game of a TNT doubleheader. The Pelicans also have nationally televised games against the Warriors (October 28), Nuggets (October 31), and Nets (November 4) within the season’s first two weeks.

With the No. 1 overall pick on the shelf, the Pelicans could use some combination of Brandon Ingram, Nicolo Melli, and Kenrich Williams to fill the available minutes at the four. The Pelicans’ depth at forward will be tested early, as sharpshooter Darius Miller is sidelined for the season with a torn Achilles.

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6 thoughts on “Zion Williamson Out With Knee Injury To Start Season

  1. The league has changed so much, proven by consideration given to playing Ingram at Power Forward… Imagine him against Karl Malone! Haha

  2. SheaGoodbye

    “Not a severe injury” but out for “a period of weeks” and without details of what is actually wrong with his knee…yeah, doesn’t sound great to me. I wouldn’t necessarily consider this good news just yet.

  3. x%sure

    How many NBA followers would be surprised if Z-Will’s first year is a shortened one? And there will be more.

    The Pels are still worth checking out.

  4. imindless

    Called this, dudes a lard *** with Blake griffin‘s hops. Something in his body is gonna fail, needs to lose 40-50 lbs to protect joints.

    • Dude’s massive, but it ain’t lard. He’s a jacked up.

      You’re confusing Zion with what you see in the mirror each morning.

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