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Zion Williamson admits knee surgery ‘hurt at first,’ claims there’s no need to panic after Pelicans’ 1-6 start

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson admits the obvious; that his right knee surgery “hurt at first.”

Williamson underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus. The No. 1 overall pick is keeping a positive mindset since he knows he’s not going to be out for the entire season. Williamson is also telling Pelicans fans to not panic after the team’s 1-6 start to the season.

“It hurt at first, but I’m not out forever,” Williamson said, via The Athletic. “My mindset is just come back stronger, come back better so I can help my team.

“I don’t think people should panic at all. We’re (seven) games in. It’s a long season.”

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.

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.

A lot of pundits believe Williamson has to lose weight. Williamson weighs approximately 285 pounds. After Zion’s surgery took place, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the Pelicans don’t believe Williamson’s weight is a contributing cause to the knee injury.