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SportZion Williamson done for Summer League following knee injury

00:00  07 july  2019
00:00  07 july  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

Williamson, Barrett may meet in Summer League opener

Williamson, Barrett may meet in Summer League opener Ex-Duke teammates Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett are slated to potentially make their NBA Summer League debuts against one another. The NBA said Friday that Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will face off against Barrett and the New York Knicks on July 5, the first day of the league's annual summer showcase at UNLV. Williamson was the No. 1 pick in Thursday's draft, and Barrett was selected No. 3 overall. Another marquee matchup awaits Williamson on July 6, when the Pelicans take on the Washington Wizards and No.

Zion Williamson is forced to sit out the second half due to a left knee injury after scoring 11 points in the first half. RJ Barrett finishes the game with 10 points while Kevin Knox pours in 17.

Williamson stopped on a dime and his shoe fell apart before either team scored a point, contorting his knee and falling to the ground. Jay Bilas joins John Anderson and Steve Levy of SportsCenter to analyze the injury in depth and what it could mean for Coach Mike Krzyzewski's team moving forward

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The Pelicans have the future of their franchise — No. 1 pick Zion Williamson — wrapped up in bubble wrap. As they should, this is Summer League, it matters less than what Kanye thinks about Taylor Swift.

Williamson played one half of one Summer League game on Friday night, had some knee-to-knee contact, the Pelicans sat him in the second half and are now shutting him down for the remainder of Las Vegas Summer League. Pelicans VP of Basketball Operations David Griffin made it official.

If these were games that mattered, Williamson probably could play. But they are not, it’s Summer League, no reason to take a risk.

It will come as a major disappointment for fans, who sold out the first weekend of games in Las Vegas primarily to see the phenom out of Duke play. The Pelicans will take on the Wizards tonight at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. in Las Vegas) but now without the main draw for fans.

Williamson’s entire first Summer League will now consist of 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting — all four of his makes were dunks — plus three rebounds and shooting 3-of-6 from the free throw line. He was up and down, was clearly pressing early, had three of his shots blocked by Mitchell Robinson of the Knicks, missed defensive assignments, and basically looked like a rookie in his first game. His jump shot form needs work (the release is low and too slow right now), but it’s fixable with work.

The debut: Zion Williamson arrives, amid much fanfare

The debut: Zion Williamson arrives, amid much fanfare LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zion Williamson's first NBA show was a sellout. And it ended earlier than the fans wanted. The No. 1 overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans didn't keep his adoring new public waiting for his display of dunks and power. With tickets commanding more than $500 on the resale markets throughout the day from those desperate to be part of the crowd — one that included LeBron James and Floyd Mayweather — Williamson took the floor as a pro for the first time Friday night at the NBA Summer League, scoring 11 points in nine first-half minutes against the New York Knicks and fellow former Duke star RJ Barrett.

Duke superstar freshman Zion Williamson suffered a Grade 1 knee sprain against the North Carolina Tar Heels on Wednesday and is day-to-day, Duke announced Thursday . While the Blue Devils have a few other young stars, Williamson is the key to their success. After Zion got hurt in the UNC game

Zion Williamson slips during the first minute of Duke's game against North Carolina, busting through his shoe and leaving the game with a suspected knee injury .

But when he got a little space Zion showed the footwork, strength, and potential that had scouts comparing him with the best players to enter the NBA in a decade. And he just embarrassed Kevin Knox.

That’s the highlight we’re going to have until training camp starts now in the fall.

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