As soon as once more, Zion Williamson shall be sitting on the pine as an alternative of operating up and down the hardwood for the New Orleans Pelicans’ season opener.
Williamson, who arguably is finest recognized for blowing out his sneaker whereas taking part in for Duke, remains to be recovering from offseason foot surgical procedure.
New Orleans Basic Supervisor, David Griffin, made the announcement Thursday.
“Zion underwent imaging (Wednesday) on his proper foot,” mentioned Griffin. “(Medical doctors) who reviewed these photographs have been very inspired by the therapeutic proof there. They’re very optimistic he’ll recuperate from this, and so they have cleared him to proceed his development. The subsequent step for him now shall be operating and on-court particular person work.”
Williamson, 21, has struggled with injur his first two seasons within the NBA.
He performed simply 24 video games his rookie 12 months, averaging 22.5 factors, and performed 61 video games final season, averaging 27 factors.
“Given the character of bone therapeutic, there is no such thing as a mounted timeline for his return to sport motion, however the docs are very inspired by this final batch of photographs,” Griffin mentioned. “As he continues alongside his return-to-play development, docs shall be utilizing further imaging that can happen two to 2 and a half weeks from now, as guides and landmarks for taking the following steps. It’s everybody’s purpose that Zion return to play as quickly as is safely doable.”
Zion and Pelicans’ administration have appeared at odds up to now concerning Zion’s well being and the way quickly he ought to return to taking part in.
Griffin mentioned, “Due to the bone-healing facet (of a foot fracture), it’s onerous (to venture). Each participant is completely different. Nothing has gone mistaken and there’s no setback (in Williamson’s restoration); it simply takes a sure time period.”
The Pels tipoff their season at house towards the Philadelphia 76ers, and although Williamson’s absence is a disappointment, first-year head coach Willie Inexperienced says changes are simply a part of the sport.
“He’s right here and he’s progressing, as Griff spoke about. However we gotta get different guys prepared — there’s a sport arising Wednesday towards Philly. We simply must be ready.”