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Sport Lonzo Ball says Pelicans have to ‘hold the fort down’ until Zion Williamson returns

19:00  21 october  2019
19:00  21 october  2019 Source:   hoopshype.com

Watch: Pelicans' Lonzo Ball connects with Zion Williamson on alley-oop

  Watch: Pelicans' Lonzo Ball connects with Zion Williamson on alley-oop This is something we’re going to see a whole lot over the next several seasons. The new-look New Orleans Pelicans, led by Lonzo Ball and rookie No. 1 pick Zion Williamson, putting up highlight-reel plays. © Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Bulls found this out first-hand during their preseason game against Zion and Co. on Wednesday.Check out this perfect alley-oop from Ball to Williamson in transition early in the game.Lonzo to Zion for the emphatic flush. Good luck, NBA. pic.twitter.com/WMPoS9ra6q— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) October 10, 2019It’s honestly just a matter of time before Mt. Zion takes down a backboard.

Zion Lateef Williamson (born July 6, 2000) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

In the meantime, Ball said the Pelicans will “ hold the fort down ” until Williamson returns from injury. “When we have updates we’ll let you guys know They’ll just have to do it without Zion . And no one yet knows for how long. “We are going to still do what gives us the best opportunity to win games

On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans will tip off their regular season against the Toronto Raptors but unfortunately they'll have do it without their leading scorer from the preseason Zion Williamson, who is expected to miss the next few weeks with with a knee injury.

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Prior to getting hurt, Williamson averaged 23.3 points per game through four games in the preseason, which was good enough for him to secure a top-five spot among the preseason points per game leaders. Only Stephen Curry, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden scored more than him and of that group, Williamson had the best field goal percentage (71.4 percent) by more than 10 percent.

Pelicans' Lonzo Ball on the pressure of being No. 2 overall pick: 'I didn't live up to that standard'

  Pelicans' Lonzo Ball on the pressure of being No. 2 overall pick: 'I didn't live up to that standard' Ball was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans in the Anthony Davis blockbuster this summerThat's what Ball did in a recent interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Pelicans' new point guard discussed a number of topics, including the possibility of a bright future in New Orleans, but perhaps most interesting was his admission that he didn't live up to the expectations of being the No. 2 pick.

Zion Williamson is loaded with potential. He was likely destined for greatness, regardless of who his teammates were slated to be in his first few Ball seems to have eyes on the entire floor, whether he has the ball or not. And he rarely pounds the rock into the hardwood before he gets an assist.

The start of the Zion Williamson era in New Orleans will have to wait. The Pelicans ’ No. 1 overall pick will miss a “period of weeks” to start the regular season because of a right knee injury, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday. It’s not clear how Williamson suffered the injury, but on Thursday

Williamson wasn't just good in the preseason, he was historically great and the hope is that he'll be just as good when he returns. Until then, the Pelicans will have to manage without him, and after practice on Sunday, Lonzo Ball said that he and his teammates fully intend on taking care of business while he's sidelined (via ESPN):

"We definitely wanted him, but there's nothing we can do. We've just to hold the fort down until he gets back.

"He's still on the team. It's not like he's missing the whole season. He's going to be out a couple games, but he'll be back strong."

The Pelicans showed they have the talent to win games without Williamson against the New York Knicks on Friday. We'll see if they can carry that momentum into Tuesday. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

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  'Just asinine': Pelicans' David Griffin shuts down Zion Williamson weight chatter Blaming Zion Williamson’s knee injury on poor conditioning and size is asinine, Pelicans executive VP of basketball operations David Griffin said.

Getty Zion Williamson and Lonzo Ball will team up with the New Orleans Pelicans . The New Orleans Pelicans ’ roster is getting a complete makeover with Zion Williamson as the centerpiece after GM David The Pelicans turned the No. 4 pick into an even bigger asset by trading down four spots.

What if Zion Williamson turned down the Pelicans ? Williamson is on record saying how much he loved his time at Duke, so much that he had to be convinced to go pro. There is a bidding war between sneaker companies for his services, and signing with one would make him ineligible for the NCAA

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