The long-anticipated regular season debut of 2019 no.1 overall pick Zion Williamson could be closer to a reality.
Footage via The Athletic’s Will Guillory shows the rookie rising up and throwing one down during warmups.
Williamson suffered a meniscus and had surgery October. He was given a six-to-eight recovery window.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Williamson is expected to be back on the practice court sooner rather than later.
As for Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick is expected to begin contact drills and practices within the next week or two, according to sources. The Pelicans have not set a timetable for his return. This is a gradual progression due to the uniqueness of Williamson’s body and game, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound specimen the likes of which we have not seen in the NBA before.
The Pelicans have wanted Williamson to continue to get lean and trim prior to his return, and for his part Williamson has focused on refining his eating habits, according to sources…
New Orleans fully anticipates Williamson to play this season, league sources said.
Whenever Williamson does return, it is more likely that not, that he will do so to a team with an eye toward at least the 2020-21 season. Zion’s and other injuries have derailed expectations that had the Pelicans possibly with an outside shot at making the playoffs. As they currently sit at 9-23, a snowball has a better chance of surviving in Hades than the Pelicans do of playing past game 82.