Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
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Williamson to miss final preseason game with sore right knee

Williamson to miss final preseason game with sore right knee

One of the most anticipated debuts in National Basketball Association history will be put on hold, as New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williams will reportedly miss "a period of weeks" due to a knee injury.

In that release, the team stated that Zion Williamson would not play in the Pelicans preseason finale Friday night against the Knicks because of soreness in his right knee.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news earlier today and luckily Williamson hadn't suffered anything catastrophic, however, the actual details of Zion's injury have not been disclosed.

The Duke product missed all but one game in Summer League due to a bruised left knee.

The injury certainly rules him out for the league opener on the road against the defending NBA Champion Toronto Raptors in just five days.

It's the third such issue that Williamson has encountered over the past year, with the first instance taking place back in February at Duke while his shoe exploded and the second occurrence rearing its ugly head in Summer League when Williamson had his knee banged. He returned in time for the ACC Tournament and NCAA Tournament, leading Duke to an ACC tournament title and Elite Eight appearance.

Pelicans would be relieved of Williamson's knee pain after further testing, but knee issues became a recurring theme for the 19-year-old. The Pelicans play their first home game against the Dallas Mavericks on October 25. Williamson averaged 27.3 minutes a game. The Pelicans said further updates will be provided when available.

The Zion Williamson era for the New Orleans Pelicans was set to start next week. In his first game as a Blue Devil, Williamson put up 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting to help lead then-No.

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