Zion (knee) expected to debut on January 22

Jan 13 2020 Detroit Michigan USA New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson after the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Zion Williamson was selected by New Orleans as the top overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft 209 days ago.

Griffin added that the rookie phenom won't be on a minutes restriction when he returns to the lineup, according to The Athletic's Will Guillory. Williamson will likely not play in back-to-back games, either.

Almost three months have gone by since the procedure, with a seemingly endless amount of speculation and curiosity about when Williamson will return and what he'll look like when he does. He was initially given a recovery timetable of six-to-eight weeks. He missed six games for the Blue Devils after suffering a Grade 1 right knee sprain and was later limited to nine minutes of summer league play due to a bruised left knee.


David Griffin, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, told reporters Wednesday that the team anticipates Williamson being ready to play January 22 against the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Center.

The Pelicans are now sitting in 14th place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-26, but they're just four games back of the eighth seed Memphis Grizzlies. Over his pre-season appearances, Williams averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting a staggering 71.4 per cent from the field.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Tennis mastermind hails Novak ahead of Aus Open tilt
A full house at the arena watched Federer defeat Kyrgios 7-6 (8-6) as the centrepiece of Wednesday night's event. Other players who took part included Rafael Nadal , Serena Williams , Caroline Wozniacki and Alexander Zverev.

Huawei P40 render appears with triple rear shooters, Leica optics
The cameras are once again vertically stacked but their housing is eerily similar to what we've seen on the Galaxy S20 renders. We've seen and heard a lot about the P40 Pro , but the P40 was, so far, shy to reveal itself, or any details.

The new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge is now available
It will be "offered to additional devices as data and feedback indicate that users are having a good experience", Microsoft said. While it may be tempting to switch to the new Edge right away, users need to be aware that core features are not available yet.

Man Asks Judge to Approve 'Trial by Combat' With His Ex-Wife
That's what Ostrom had in mind when he submitted court filings in Iowa over a protracted child custody and money battle. Judge Craig Dreismeier has not yet ruled on either party's motions, citing irregularities between the two put forward.

Giants to interview Jason Garrett for OC position
Jason Garrett could be the Giants' new offensive coordinator. "I certainly wouldn't have any objection to that", Mara said. Garrett's experience as a head coach could serve as an asset to Judge, who has never been a head coach at any level.

Other news