NBA Rumors: Are The Pelicans Losing Zion Williamson For The Entire Season?
How long are the New Orleans Pelicans losing Zion Williamson for?
The team says six to eight weeks, but given how secretive they have been up to this point, anything is on the table.
On Monday, days after rumors ran rampant about the severity of Williamson’s injury, the Pelicans announced that he will likely miss six to eight weeks.
Six to eight weeks translates to roughly 20 to 30 games.
Williamson’s teammate JJ Redick acknowledged that his presence would be missed, but stayed positive despite the bad news.
“It’s still the start of the season. We still get to play real games. We get to compete,” Redick said.
“We have a deep team.
“We’ll hold it down as best we can without him. Obviously we need him back and hopefully he takes his time and recovers fully.”
Last week, folks began to realize that something was amiss in New Orleans when Williamson did not travel with the team for their final preseason game against the New York Knicks.
Shortly thereafter, head coach Alvin Gentry said that Williamson’s injury occurred on Oct. 13 versus the San Antonio Spurs.
Seeing as Williamson finished that game with 22 points and 10 rebounds, nobody read too much into it at first.
Unfortunately, after that, the prognosis took a turn for the worse.
Although the team is obviously stating that Williamson will only be out a month and half to two months, the phrasing of their statement is odd.
“Note phrasing on the Zion Williamson news release on his knee, ” wrote Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
“It says ‘arthroscopic surgery today to address a torn right lateral meniscus.’ Doesn’t say repair, says address. Will be interesting to see if meniscus was repaired or removed.”
Note phrasing on the Zion Williamson news release on his knee. It says “arthroscopic surgery today to address a torn right lateral meniscus.” Doesn’t say repair, says address. Will be interesting to see if meniscus was repaired or removed.
— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) October 21, 2019
Given how coy the Pelicans have been throughout this entire process, it is worth keeping an eye on whether the suggested timetable in fact holds up as promised.
Over the course of four preseason games, Williamson averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds.
In his absence, the Pelicans will slide Brandon Ingram into the starting lineup alongside Redick, Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors.