Zion Williamson to miss start of New Orleans Pelicans' regular season

Zion Williamson to miss start of New Orleans Pelicans' regular season

Zion Williamson to miss start of New Orleans Pelicans' regular season

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson is expected to miss multiple weeks to begin the regular season but avoided a major injury.

Asked during the pregame media session, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry assured everyone that Williamson remains upbeat for the upcoming season.

Still, this is still a major blow for a franchise that had so much promise heading into the season after its miraculous rebuild in the post-Anthony Davis era.

The Pelicans traveled to NY to take on the Knicks on Friday, but Williamson did not make the trip. The 19-year-old is ranked fifth in points per game in the preseason.

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Williamson was set to miss a preseason game against the New York Knicks on Friday due to knee soreness, the team announced Thursday.

The good news for the Pelicans and their fans is that Williamson avoided a severe knee injury.

During the summer league, Williamson played only eight minutes after he suffered a minor left knee bruise. The team is confident he will make a full recovery, according to ESPN. New Orleans wraps up their preseason on Friday, October 18 against the New York Knicks. Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin said at the time it was out of an "abundance of caution" they were keeping him out.

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