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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson out vs. Knicks, will undergo further testing for sore right knee

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson will not play against the New York Knicks on Friday due to right knee soreness.

Williamson didn’t travel with the Pelicans. The high-flyer is in New Orleans undergoing further tests on his knee.

Williamson was a beast in the preseason. No one in New Orleans is surprised by this. In his lone season at Duke, Williamson put on an absolute show. He averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 68.0 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The knee soreness is concerning for Williamson, but we shouldn’t overreact to this news until we get more information.

There hasn’t been this much hype surrounding a young player in the NBA since LeBron James came into the league back in 2003. Williamson, like James, was the No. 1 overall pick in his draft class.

During his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, James averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The King recorded 12 double-doubles, too. It’s unfair for us to ask Williamson to put up those type of numbers with the Pelicans in 2019-20, but Zion will definitely be putting up some stellar numbers which will undoubtedly make him the favorite to win the 2020 Rookie of the Year award.

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