UPDATE: Jan. 22 — The day has finally arrived! Zion Williamson is expected to make his NBA debut on Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. It’s been a long journey back for Williamson, who underwent knee surgery back in October. He’s set to start and play around 15-20 minutes in his debut tonight. We’ll see what kind of impact Zion has on the Pelicans long-term. New Orleans is outside of the playoff picture, but has been playing better lately. The Pels are 17-27 and have won 10 of their past 14 games. We’ll keep an eye on his stats in his debut tonight and moving forward.
UPDATE: We’ve now reached the quarter mark of the NBA season and the eight-week window in which Zion Williams was believed to be able to return from knee surgery.
Next Monday (Dec. 16) is the eight-week mark from the Oct. 21 meniscus surgery on Williamson's right knee, but Zion has yet to partake in any meaningful on-court work as part of his rehabilitation. And the Pelicans aren't about to rush him— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) December 9, 2019
The New York Times’ Marc Stein also mentioned that coach Alvin Gentry doesn’t view Williamson as “cavalry” when he comes back. Zion will be eased back into action and will be on a strict minutes restriction, not playing in back-to-back sets. Stein also mentions the fact that Williamson hasn’t even started on-court rehab activities, so chances are we won’t see the rookie sensation for a while.
We’re all patiently awaiting the arrival of New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson. Originally, Zion was ruled out for the first 6-8 weeks of the 2019-20 season due to knee surgery. We’re approaching that 8-week window and it doesn’t seem like the Pelicans have any plans of rushing Williamson back from injury. You really can’t blame them, right? The Pels are 6-16 and are at the bottom of the Western Conference standings.
So with that in mind, we’ll be keeping an eye on updates on Zion throughout the season, leading up to his return and once he starts dunking on fools on the court.