The debut of one of the most hyped rookies of the decade will be delayed for some weeks. Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans rookie, will be out for the first weeks of the season due to knee soreness according to Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN. There is no timetable for his return but the team is confident that he’ll get a full recovery on his knee.
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
According to the Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, Williamson played through the injury in the preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs and for the next game on Friday against the New York Knicks the team ruled him out due to his knee soreness.
Alvin Gentry said he believes Zion Williamson sustained his knee injury in the Pelicans’ game against the Spurs on Oct. 13.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) October 18, 2019
Williamson has had injuries in both of his knees already. During his freshman year in Duke, he had a grade 1 sprain in his right knee. Then in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, he injured his left knee in the first game and missed the rest of the tournament.