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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson claims his knee is ‘getting stronger day by day’

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson spoke to local reporters on Thursday for the first time since undergoing right knee surgery.

Williamson underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus. The high-flyer says his knee is “getting stronger day by day.”

Via Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com:

It remains uncertain exactly when that will be, but Williamson said of his knee that “it’s getting stronger day by day. The trainers are telling me it’s getting stronger, and I can tell a difference.”

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.

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, but his health is very important and everyone in The Big Easy just wants Williamson to be healthy for the long haul.