The Pelicans will start the 2021-22 season without Zion Williamson.
On Thursday, Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin announced that Williamson would be reassessed in a few weeks and had “no fixed schedule” for his return. Williamson is recovering from a foot injury he sustained during the offseason.
David Griffin says Zion Williamson has said surgeons have looked at the scans and he’s cleared to take the next step.
“No fixed timeline” for the return to gaming action. The next scans will last 2 to 2.5 weeks.
Zion will not be on the field for the first week of games.
– Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) October 14, 2021
What’s next for Williamson? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he could return to the pitch.
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Zion Williamson Injury Timeline
It was revealed on the team’s media day that Williamson had undergone surgery to repair a broken right foot during the offseason. Williamson reportedly suffered the injury before the start of the 2021 NBA Summer League.
The Pelicans initially hoped his schedule would “get him back on the field in time for the regular season.”
According to Andrew Lopez of ESPN, the Pelicans will be able to take the next step in Williamson’s recovery process when he is scanned again in a few weeks.
When could Zion Williamson come back from injury?
The Pelicans open the 2021-22 regular season on October 20 at home against the 76ers. They will then set off on a three-game road trip before returning to New Orleans to face the Hawks on October 27. A two-week schedule puts Williamson in danger of missing those five games.
Following their clash with the Hawks, the Pelicans will face the Kings on October 29 and the Knicks on October 30.
|Wed 20 Oct||against Philadelphia|
|Fri 22 Oct||in Chicago|
|Sat 23 Oct||in minnesota|
|Mon 25 October||in minnesota|
|Wed Oct 27||against Atlanta|
|Fri 29 Oct||vs. Sacramento|
|Sat 30 Oct||against New York|
|Tuesday, November 2||in Phoenix|
|Wed 3 November||in Sacramento|
|Fri 5 November||in Golden State|
Zion Williamson’s injury history
The No.1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson was limited to 24 games in his rookie season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus.
Williamson appeared in 61 of 72 possible games in his second season and won the first All-Star selection of his career averaging 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He missed the last seven games of the season with a broken left ring finger.