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Zion Williamson is in ‘tremendous spirits’ during his injury rehab process

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New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has yet to make his official NBA regular-season debut due to a torn meniscus in his right knee suffered during the preseason. Despite the setback for the 19-year-old, the Duke product is reportedly in good spirits.

Per Shams Charania in The Athletic:

Good news for Pelicans and NBA fans alike: Star rookie Zion Williamson (torn meniscus) has been in tremendous spirits and has attacked his rehab, according to sources. Williamson was ruled out on Oct. 21 for six-to-eight weeks.

The Pelicans are likely missing the 6-foot-7 forward Williamson for the first two months of the 2019-20 season. The first overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft last June tore up preseason competition and looked more than ready to play, but his torn meniscus was an early scare at the beginning of Williamson’s professional career with New Orleans.

Nonetheless, it’s good news to hear Williamson is in a good mental state prior to his comeback and return to the hardwood. Williamson is one of the most anticipated first-year players to ever come into the league after a boisterous a well-watched one-and-done season in Durham, North Carolina, with the Blue Devils.

Until then, head coach Alvin Gentry’s team has yet to prove anything in Williamson’s absence, winning just their first game in five tries yesterday against the visiting Denver Nuggets. The team is an interesting blend of young talent and older veterans, with fellow rookies Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker on the roster with guards Jrue Holiday and JJ Redick.

Williamson is the crowning achievement and most important piece of this Pelicans team.