Pelicans’ Lonzo Ball vows New Orleans will ‘hold the fort down’ with Zion Williamson out
As the Pelicans prepare to begin the 2019-20 regular season without the top overall draft pick, the team’s starting point guard wants to make one thing clear — the Pelicans will “hold the fort down” while Williamson is sidelined.
Officially, don’t think Pelicans will update Zion’s injury status today.
However, Lonzo Ball said team will “hold the fort down” until Zion came back but also mentioned “he’s not out the whole season, he’ll miss a couple games but he’ll be back strong.”
So there’s that.
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Williamson is out for several weeks due to a right knee injury. The 19-year-old rookie suffered the injury during the team’s preseason game against the San Antonio Spurs last Sunday.
The Pelicans haven’t disclosed exactly how long the 6-foot-7 forward will be out for. All that’s known at the moment is that the power forward will miss several weeks, as reported by ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.
“New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has avoided a severe injury to his right knee but is expected to miss a period of weeks to start the regular season, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.
Williamson did not travel with the team to New York for Friday’s preseason game against the Knicks and instead stayed back in New Orleans for further testing.”
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry wanted to stress that there is nothing severe about Williamson’s injury.
“Yeah I mean he’s fine,” Gentry told reporters when asked how Williamson was feeling. “He’s not dead guys. He’s a typical 19-year-old kid. He’s upbeat, he has fun and he’s living his dream as he said.”
While we obviously shouldn’t speculate, it’s clear that the Pelicans are trying to do some damage control here. Williamson’s injury is a little bit worse than the Pelicans are making it out to be.
We’re still unclear on when Williamson will exactly make his debut, but let’s hope we don’t have to wait too long.