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Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry not made aware of any health setback for Zion Williamson

Alvin Gentry, Zion Williamson

After Kristen Ledlow of TNT reported on Tuesday that New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson won’t return before the initial six to eight week projection of his knee rehab, some began to speculate that the 2019 No. 1 overall pick suffered a setback.

However, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry says he has not been made aware of any health setback for Williamson.

Williamson underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus. Eight weeks from October 21st puts his potential return beyond December 16.

The meniscus surgery Williamson underwent is unknown, although most experts believe it was a meniscectomy rather than a true repair since the initial estimated timeline was six-to-eight weeks.

Williamson is the new face of the Pelicans in the post-Anthony Davis era. This isn’t how anyone in New Orleans wanted to see Zion’s NBA career begin, but his health is very important and everyone in The Big Easy just wants Williamson to be healthy for the long haul.

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 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.

There are some who believe Williamson should sit out the entire season. Gentry and VP David Griffin, though, have given no indication that Williamson will sit out the whole year.