Zion Williamson Undergoes Meniscus Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks

It sounds like Zion Williamson‘s much-anticipated NBA regular season debut won’t happen until at least December.

According to a press release issued today by the Pelicans, the No. 1 overall pick underwent arthroscopic surgery to address a torn right lateral meniscus. Williamson is expected to be ready to return in approximately six to eight weeks, per the team.

It’s a tough blow for the Pelicans, for Williamson, and for the NBA, which scheduled New Orleans for several nationally televised games in the first few weeks of the season, including Tuesday night’s opener in Toronto. Of course, it’s also bad news for NBA fans, since the former Duke forward is entering the league as one of most exciting rookies of this century.

If Williamson were to miss exactly six weeks, he’d be out for New Orleans’ first 20 games and would be on track to return on December 3 against the Mavericks. An additional two-week absence would cost him at least seven more games, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Pelicans lean toward that option, since they’ll treat his recovery with an abundance of caution, as we heard last week.

With the star rookie 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 out for the season with a torn Achilles.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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7 thoughts on “Zion Williamson Undergoes Meniscus Surgery, Out 6-8 Weeks

  1. nate23keenet

    Bust alert. Man cant stay healthy for 30 games in college, let alone 80 in the pros

    • JonnyLucas

      I’m inclined to agree that he won’t be the GOAT, but it’s a little early to say something like that. Dudes get hurt. It’s not a trend just yet. His college injury was a freak occurrence.

  2. JonnyLucas

    Hmmm… A discouraging start. I don’t think he’s going to live up to the hype. I bet RJ Barrett is gonna be better.

    • x%sure

      Esp if they put him at PG. But most of the rooks will miss time, so ZWill can catch up. Watch NAW instead!

  3. OCTraveler

    Gotta love the NFL & NBA preseasons. Good ways to deflate hopes and impact careers!

    • x%sure

      I doubt cold full-go starts would be safer. Wouldn’t mind it though as a viewer.

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