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Alvin Gentry knows Zion Williamson’s debut is going to be a ‘circus’

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson will make his regular season NBA debut on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs.

Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry knows Williamson’s debut is going to be a “circus” and he’s prepared for it:

“One, it’s going to be a circus and everyone knows that,” Gentry said, via Andrew Lopez of ESPN. “What we have to do is focus on the task at hand and that is playing a really good San Antonio team … It is going to be good to get him out there. I think the big thing for us is we just need to get him out there so all of this goes away and then we can start to figure out rotations and how we are going to play and things we are going to do.

“We have gone back already and looked at a bunch of stuff from preseason so we will just try to integrate him right into what we’re doing.”

Pelicans VP David Griffin said last week Williamson will not be on a minutes restriction, but that he will play in short bursts. Williamson will start against the Spurs on Wednesday.

In his lone season at Duke, Williamson put on an absolute show. The forward averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists while shooting 68.0 percent from the field, 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 64.0 percent from the free-throw line.

Pelicans fans can’t wait to see Zion Williamson play alongside Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the rest of the core in New Orleans.