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Report: Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson missing Knicks game isn’t ‘your normal preseason rest’

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson missing Friday’s game against the New York Knicks isn’t “your normal preseason rest.”

Williamson is listed as out with right knee soreness for the Pelicans’ final preseason game against the Knicks. He did not travel with the team to New York and remained in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation at Ochsner Sports Medicine.

Williamson suffered a Grade 1 right knee strain last season at Duke. Observers have noticed that the Pelicans rookie often times walks around with a limp.

In his lone season at Duke, Williamson put on an absolute show. The high-flyer 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.

There hasn’t been this much hype surrounding a player since LeBron James. The Pelicans are hoping Williamson’s knee is okay and that it’s just regular soreness for an NBA player.

Zion will make $44.2 million in total money over his first four seasons in the NBA with the Pelicans. Williamson can sign a rookie scale contract extension with the Pelicans after his third season in the league. New Orleans is hoping Williamson will spend his entire NBA career in The Big Easy.