Miteri, no. – The New Orleans Pelicans forward, Zion WilliamsonHe will miss the start of the regular season with a right foot injury that required off-season surgery, David Griffin, Pelicans vice-president of basketball operations said Thursday.
Williamson was examined on Wednesday and after consulting with Dr Richard Ferkel and Pelicans team doctor Dr Scott Montgomery, Griffin said doctors were “extremely encouraged” by the bone progression.
However, no “specific timeline” has been set regarding his return-to-play status. Griffin said Williamson will have more tests in two to two and a half weeks and will leave the team from there.
“Everyone’s goal is to get Zion back into the game as quickly as possible,” Griffin said. “Obviously in two to two and a half weeks that means he won’t be on the pitch in the first week of matches. And when he can come back healthy, he’ll be there.
On a media day Sept. 27, Griffin said Williamson injured his foot before the Summer League early in the season, but added at the time that “his schedule should bring him back on. the field in time for the regular season “.
“I hope to be back for the first game,” Williamson continued. “I would say the first official game. Griffin said there had been no setbacks in Williamson’s recovery and nothing went wrong either.
“It only takes a while for the bones to look like what doctors want them to be,” Griffin said. “This is where our calendar is. “
Griffin said Williamson was cleared to start running and face to face on the court. But it was not clear when they would specifically allow him to do more activities.
“This whole process we’re going to be heading towards that,” Griffin said of Williamson getting to the point where he could play in 5v5. “It could be a long time before two and a half weeks I do. In fact, it’s just one. A function of how things go.
For first-year Pelicans coach Willie Green, he now has to start the year without Williamson.
“It’s part (of the game),” Green said. “He’s here and he’s making progress,” Griff said. But we have to prepare the other players, there is a game on Wednesday against Philadelphia. We just have to be ready.
How the Pelicans line up on opening night against the Sixers is still up for debate. In the first game before the start of the season, I played Brandon ingramChoose Green Ingram and Nagy marshall Like a start forward. When asked to play with Ingram in the power winger, Green mentioned the fluidity of NBA teams today.
“I think 3, 4, 2 are interchangeable in the NBA right now,” Green said. “Unless you play with certain teams, you play with the Lakers, they could be a little bigger. You play in Milwaukee, they can make a great team. This is when you really need to think about your 4, 3. But against a lot of teams, 3 and 4 players are interchangeable and can this BI play in any of those positions.
All-Stars Williamson and Ingram were supposed to anchor the Pelican team with the most shots this season, which should ease the load and the number of bodies each player could see on the defensive end of the field. Now, just like the team had to do in Williamson’s rookie season, they’ll have to start off on the right foot without their huge man.
In 2019, Williamson also suffered a preseason injury that delayed the start of his season. The meniscus in his right knee pushed Williamson’s NBA debut until January 22, 2020.
“It’s clearly not perfect,” Griffin said. “He’s not very exhausted either. The idea is still to come back as quickly and as safely as possible. I think the way the doctors deal with it gives a lot of confidence that it’s going to be like that. We would like not to have to deal with this. But we are happy with the way it is. It has worked so far.