Although the New Orleans Pelicans hadn’t announced it until Monday, during their media day, former Blue Devil Zion Williamson had surgery on his right foot sometime after the season ended.
Pelicans exec David Griffin had this to say about his young star’s health:
“Zion is returning from a foot surgery suffered at the beginning of summer — well the beginning of summer isn’t exactly accurate, but earlier in the offseason prior to summer league,” Griffin said. “He had a fractured right foot that was repaired surgically. His timeline should get him on the court in time for the regular season. That would be our hope and our view. We’re very optimistic about what that looks like. Unfortunately, I know that’s going to be taken as a very big negative for all of you. It’s really not for us because we were dealing with it all offseason. We feel very confident about where things are.”
In other Pelicans news, Williamson pretty firmly shut down rumors of discontent, saying that he loved New Orleans and didn't want to be anywhere else. He also spoke of a nice working relationship with Griffin, adding they didn't always agree but that “it’s all love” between them.
Incidentally, a supporting argument for Williamson staying: his mother got permission to remodel her historic house, which she probably wouldn’t be doing if her son were going to move in a year.
Also, fellow Brotherhood member Brandon Ingram has been working hard and according to people who were present is visibly bigger.
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