Sport Zion Williamson NBA debut: Pelicans' rookie overjoyed to put rehab behind him

01:25  22 january  2020
01:25  22 january  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson dealing with sprained toe

  Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson dealing with sprained toe It doesn't sound serious, but the last things the Pelicans want is for Williamson to suffer any setbacks.Unfortunately for New Orleans, the injury bug has popped up once again surrounding Williamson. The team added him to its injury report ahead of Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls.

Here's everything we know about Zion Williamson 's injury and the latest news on when he may return to the court. The Pelicans will have to wait a little bit longer for Zion Williamson 's NBA debut . Williamson missed New Orleans' final preseason game against the Knicks, but his injury turned out

Zion Williamson seems eager to make his NBA debut , but the team is trying to improve Williamson 's overall body make-up.

Zion Williamson said he "wanted to punch a wall or kick chairs" during his time sidelined with a knee injury. The No. 1 overall draft pick is finally set to make his NBA debut Wednesday, though, meaning furniture in New Orleans should be safe for the time being.

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The 19-year-old Pelicans forward is expected to play against the Spurs, with several reports saying he will be in the starting five.

Williamson has recovered fully from the torn meniscus he suffered before the season got under way. That blow occurred in October, setting back a player who had impressed in the preseason.

"It was frustrating not being able to move your body the way you want to, not to make any athletic movements," Williamson said of his time on the shelf. "It was tough, especially because I was 19 and hadn't played my first NBA game. It was tough but I battled through."

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The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Atlanta Hawks 133-109 on Monday night in preseason action, behind Zion Williamson ’s 16 points (including 3 powerful

Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is "a little ways away yet" despite making progress following knee surgery. Williamson , 19, was the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but the forward underwent knee surgery in October. Williamson did some light shooting on Tuesday before the struggling Pelicans

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Williamson may make the smoothest of transitions, or it could take the young forward a while to attune to the pace of the game. Given his preseason performances, the former option seems most likely.

Asked how good he could prove to be, Williamson told reporters: "Do I even get to determine that? My plan is to go out and contribute where coach needs me."

He hopes to provide capable support to Brandon Ingram, who is scoring 25.6 points per game this season, and build chemistry with ballhandlers Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball.

Born in Salisbury, North Carolina, Williamson said it felt as though the people of New Orleans had "adopted me a bit." Now he has the chance to reward the city with an electric final couple of months to the 2019-20 season.

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson admits wanting to "to punch a wall or kick chairs" out of frustration over the Zion sees sleepless night ahead of Pelicans debut . The rehab process itself started to wear on Williamson at times. "There's a lot of times when I wanted to punch a wall or

Zion Williamson has missed the first several months of the NBA season while recovering from a torn meniscus. Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin revealed that he expects their No. 1 overall pick in last year' draft to make his NBA debut next Wednesday, Jan.

"It's been great. The city's beautiful, the people are beautiful as well. They welcome me," Williamson said. "They show love everywhere I go and tell me they can't wait for me to get back out there."

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Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) passes the ball while Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) defends during the first half at TD Garden on January 20, 2020. 

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