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New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson will miss at least 4-6 weeks after getting an injection for an ailing foot, the team announced, but reading between the lines it seems possible that Williamson won’t play the entire season.
“Following a consultation and further evaluation with Dr. Richard Ferkel of the Southern California Orthopedic Institute yesterday, Zion Williamson received a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot,” the team announced on social media.
“Williamson will be limited to low impact, partial weight-bearing activities for an extended period. Further updates will be given following further imaging which is anticipated to occur in 4-6 weeks.”
The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson was supposed to go through his first practice on Dec. 2 but began experiencing soreness in his foot.
He was originally supposed to be back on opening night after injuring the foot over the summer.
Williamson averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds last season and will soon be eligible for an extension of his rookie deal.
As I wrote in this space earlier this season, Knicks fans should feel relieved that they ended up with the No. 3 pick — which turned into R.J. Barrett — instead of his former Duke running buddy Williamson.
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“He’s only 21 years old and already having to work on the weight problem,” Walt “Clyde” Frazier said on air during the Pelicans-Knicks game Oct. 30 after Barrett went for a career-high 35 points while Williamson, who reportedly got up over 300 pounds in the offseason, sat on the bench.
The Pelicans are 9-21 and own the second-worst record in the Western Conference.