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Zion Williamson Update

As the former Duke star continues to work his way back

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - DECEMBER 03: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts before a game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Smoothie King Center on December 03, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 
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We can’t see it of course but Zion Williamson is deep into rehab and working his way back to competition.

The original estimate was 6-8 weeks and he’s about to go past that but that’s understandable: the Pelicans don’t want to screw up with their most valuable asset.

Along those lines, the team has already decided that Williamson’s return will be handled conservatively with load management.

Translation: no back-to-backs until he’s worked his way back in and there are no problems with the knee.

Pelicans exec David Griffith said this: “Yes, he very likely will not be asked to take the pounding of back-to-backs initially. There will be a sort of ramp-up for him to getting back to where you would call him full strength, but he’s certainly going to be playing, and we’re trying to win basketball games. And quite frankly, we’ve done a horrible job of that.”

So it’s not yet but not that far away.