New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson “turned a corner” this week with his rehab from knee surgery, according to Kristen Ledlow of TNT.
However, the Pelicans are going to be cautious with Williamson and his return will “definitely” come outside of the six-to-eight week window which was initially projected.
As I reported on @NBAonTNT, Zion Williamson “turned a corner” this week. However, the team is erring on the side of caution and his return will “definitely” come outside of the 6-8 week window initially projected. #NOPvsDAL
— Kristen Ledlow (@KristenLedlow) December 4, 2019
Williamson underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus. 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.
Williamson is the new face of the Pelicans 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.
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.
There are some who believe Williamson should sit out the entire season. Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry and VP David Griffin, though, have given no indication that Williamson will sit out the whole year.