Zion Williamson out for the start of regular season

Zion Williamson out for the start of regular season

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Zion Williamson out for the start of regular season

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Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Alright, sitting down to record. Let’s talk about Zion not being ready for opening night… – 8:14 PM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Top 150 Update No. 2 (non-Zion version).
Big update up top with some movement in the top five with a few others getting some tweaks.
Updated Top 150: establishtherun.com/mike-gallagher…
Change Log to explain moves: establishtherun.com/mike-gallagher…4:57 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Zion has played in 85 out of a possible 144 games. Pelicans’ record with Williamson in the lineup: 40-45.
Without: 21-38.
They’ll soon be adding wins and losses to the second column, but the question is, for how long?
Unfortunately, it’s anyone’s guess. thebirdwrites.com/2021/10/14/227… pic.twitter.com/UgnOmxfZM74:23 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
For the second time in three years, Zion Williamson will miss the start of the regular season.
David Griffin said “there’s no fixed timeline” on Williamson’s return. He’ll be evaluated again in two to two and a half weeks. nola.com/sports/pelican…4:21 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Pelicans: Zion Williamson to be re-evaluated in ‘2 to 2 1/2 weeks’ sportando.basketball/en/pelicans-zi…4:17 PM
The Ringer @ringernba
David Griffin 3 weeks ago: “Zion should be ready by opening night.”
David Griffin today: pic.twitter.com/VPbNH5mWEx4:08 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Initially expected back for the season opener, there’s now “no fixed timeline” for Zion Williamson after foot surgery.
➡️ yhoo.it/3BEh2ua pic.twitter.com/AClKmb1uHC3:54 PM

Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Just updated the Top 150 to reflect the Zion news. Kind of saw this coming, but not great.
Change Log to explain the seven Pelicans in the 150 (and deep-league targets out of the Top 150): establishtherun.com/mike-gallagher…
Updated Top 150: establishtherun.com/mike-gallagher…3:53 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Doctors will review imaging of #Pelicans All-Star forward Zion Williamson’s right foot in 2 to 2.5 weeks, to assess his progress in recovery from offseason injury. More: on.nba.com/3DExivS pic.twitter.com/TTKFhiQiTY3:45 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Imagine betting on the Pelicans over before the team unexpectedly announced that Zion had surgery.
Then imagine betting on the Pelicans over once Griff said Zion would be ready for the start of the season.
As sports betting expands, teams need to be better at this. – 3:44 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Either the comments at media day were misleading (intentionally or not) or there was a setback in Zion’s recovery.
I simply don’t see an in-between.
The Pelicans are trying to create one. I don’t think anyone is going to buy it. – 3:42 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Here’s what Griffin said about Zion’s injury on Media Day pic.twitter.com/aE4W40Woe43:35 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Pelicans: Zion Williamson to miss start of regular season nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/14/pel…3:30 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Griff on Zion: “Truth be told, I never said opening night. But that’s OK. I said for the regular season. But I do think it’s going to be something that because of the bone healing aspect of things, it’s hard. Every player is different. Nothing has gone wrong.” – 3:29 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Griffin: “It’s everyone’s goal that Zion return to play as soon as is safely possible. Obviously 2 to 2 1/2 weeks from now means he won’t be on the floor for the first week of (regular season) games. When he’s able to return safely, he will do that.” – 3:16 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Hard not to be discouraged by the Zion news.
Still no firm timelines on a foot surgery that took place more than two months ago. – 3:16 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
It sucks that Zion Williamson can’t play opening night. He’s such a fun player to watch and he’s good for basketball. – 3:16 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
David Griffin on Zion: “There is no fixed timeline for his return to game action, but the doctors are encouraged by this last batch of images (taken Wednesday)… doctors will take additional imaging 2 to 2 1/2 weeks from now as guides and landmarks for taking the next steps.” – 3:14 PM
Mike Lynch @SportInfo247
Ben Simmons for Zion. Phone it in – 3:14 PM
Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Zion Williamson (foot) will be re-evaluated in two weeks and there’s no return timetable for now, Pelicans’ David Griffin says. – 3:09 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
David Griffin said Zion Williamson will begin running but there is no timetable on his return. – 3:07 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
David Griffin says Zion Williamson underwent imaging yesterday and doctors were happy about what they saw.
There is still no timeline for his return. Zion will be checked by doctors in another two weeks. – 3:07 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
David Griffin says Zion Williamson said surgeons reviewed scans and he is cleared for the next step.
“No fixed timeline”for return to game action. Next scans will be 2-2.5 weeks.
Zion will not be on the floor for the first week of games. – 3:07 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
New Orleans Pelicans exercise options on Alexander-Walker, Hayes, Williamson and Lewis Jr. sportando.basketball/en/new-orleans…2:01 PM
Michael Pina @MichaelVPina
even as (another) surgery complicates things, i wrote about how zion williamson’s third-year leap can still be the most significant and captivating subplot of the 2021-22 nba season: si.com/nba/2021/10/14…10:23 AM
Eliot Clough @EliotClough
The (lack of a) Zion Williamson Injury Update from the #Pelicans twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…9:23 PM
Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
If Zion hasn’t even been cleared to start running yet, there’s no way he will (or should) be cleared to play opening night. – 6:44 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
The New Orleans Pelicans announced they have picked up 2022-23 team options for Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jaxson Hayes, Kira Lews Jr. and Zion Williamson. – 6:36 PM
JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Pelicans have exercised the fourth-year options on Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jaxson Hayes and Zion Williamson, along with the third-year option on Kira Lewis Jr., the team announced. – 6:32 PM
Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
Just realized Zion Williamson (right foot surgery this offseason) barely moves in the NBA75 spot. pic.twitter.com/2jSh6F6V0S6:18 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
With Zion Williamson’s return seemingly so up in the air a week before the start of the 2021-22 season, are we sure he didn’t sustain a Jones fracture? – 6:02 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Green on Zion: “He’s doing good. He was here today getting his cardio in. We don’t have an official update right now but when we do, Griff will let you know where we are with Z. But he was here. Good spirits. We just him to continue to progress.” – 3:31 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 Teams taking a stand against star players
🏀 Worries around Zion
🏀 Trade Exception options
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Watch on YouTube!
📺 bit.ly/LOPYouTube pic.twitter.com/5fFFpGuqcd3:30 PM

More on this storyline


Things only got worse on Monday when first-year coach Willie Green confirmed that his young star, Zion Williamson, hasn’t started running or participating in team activities as he continues rehab from a broken right foot suffered during the offseason. “He’ll have some scans in a day or so. We’ll know more after that,” Green said. “He’s still doing his cardio work. He’s still doing his conditioning. He can do a little on the floor. Hopefully, we can progress soon after that.” -via The Athletic / October 14, 2021
Andrew Lopez: Willie Green says there’s no update on Zion Williamson. Still waiting on results from scans. Meanwhile, Brandon Ingram was a full participant in practice today. -via Twitter @_Andrew_Lopez / October 13, 2021


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