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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley thinks Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson can’t play at his current weight

Pelicans, Charles Barkley, Zion Williamson

NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is joining the chorus of people who believe New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has to lose weight.

Williamson underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn lateral meniscus and will miss six-to-eight weeks. Williamson weighs approximately 285 pounds.

Shams Charania of Stadium reported the Pelicans don’t believe Williamson’s weight is a contributing cause to the injury.

A lot of people have compared Williamson to Barkley. Chuck wasn’t as explosive as Zion, but he had the same body type. Barkley lost weight when he was in the NBA and it helped him become one of the best players in league history.

Williamson is the new face of the Pelicans franchise in the post-Anthony Davis era. This isn’t how anyone in New Orleans wanted to see Zion’s NBA career begin. In his lone season at Duke, Williamson put on an absolute show. The high-flyer 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.

Williamson suffered a Grade 1 right knee strain last season at Duke. Observers have noticed that the Pelicans rookie often times walks around with a limp. 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 is six-to-eight weeks.