Latest on Brandon Ingram is much rosier than Pelicans’ Zion Williamson update
While Zion Williamson’s status for the start of the regular season is still clouded in mystery, fellow New Orleans Pelicans star Brandon Ingram was back at practice and a full participant on Wednesday after missing some time with a knee injury, according to ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.
It’s certainly great news that Ingram is now healthy and ready to roll, but the continued questions surrounding Zion are troubling. New Pelicans head coach Willie Green said Monday the young phenom would be getting some scans on his foot to determine how it’s recovering before he starts running. Wednesday, Green said the Pelicans were still waiting on the results of the scans.
Green did try to bring some Zion optimism to the table:
Green on Zion: “He’s doing good. He was here today getting his cardio in. We don’t have an official update right now but when we do, Griff will let you know where we are with Z. But he was here. Good spirits. We just him to continue to progress.”
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) October 13, 2021
Despite this, with the season opener just a week away, it sure doesn’t seem like Williamson will be ready to play. Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin had said at Media Day the expectation was Zion would be ready for the start of the regular season. With that in doubt, it looks like Griffin will be addressing the young star’s status in the coming days in an attempt to offer up a bit more clarity.
Williamson broke his foot earlier this summer. It was just the latest in a line of injuries Zion has dealt with in his playing career, including in New Orleans. His health has played a role in the reported drama with the Pelicans, and the franchise is feeling pressure to vastly improve in the immediate future so he feels compelled to stick around.
Missing the start of this season certainly wouldn’t be ideal. When healthy, Williamson is already one of the best players in the NBA and a nearly unstoppable force in the paint. The youngster needs to stay healthy in order for the Pelicans to reach their goals.