New Orleans Pelicans Rookie forward sensation Zion Williamson will be sidelined for up to two months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Monday just as the new NBA season is about to begin.
The Pelicans will play in the league’s opening game for defending champion Toronto on Tuesday when Williamson’s debut was expected to be the main attraction.
Instead, it’s on hold after a crushing pre-season run in which Williamson averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists New Orleans in four appearances.
The Pelicans said that Williamson, the top pick in the 2019 entry bill, was diagnosed with a torn meniscus and is not expected to return for six to eight weeks.
Williamson, 19, was on fire in the NBA preseason but underwent tests on the right knee on Friday, when the pain persisted and the doctors recommended surgery to fix the problem.
It’s the same knee that Williamson — who’s delighted NBA fans like no prospect since LeBron James — famously sprained in college when his Nike boot exploded during the match.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters Friday that Williamson is “not dead, guys,” and that he’s in good spirits despite seemingly sustaining the injury to San Antonio last Sunday.
In the Vegas Summer League, Williamson only played nine minutes before he split his left knees in a collision and was tied for the remainder of the NBA summer league games.
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