Pelicans’ Zion Williamson out not less than 2 extra weeks

Zion Williamson will likely be sidelined for not less than two extra weeks whereas the New Orleans Pelicans monitor the All-Star ahead’s restoration from a proper hamstring harm that occurred greater than two months in the past, the membership introduced Wednesday evening.

Recent medical imaging “revealed that Williamson’s hamstring continues to heal,” a press release launched by the membership stated. “His next examination will take place in approximately two weeks.”

After that subsequent examination, the Pelicans may have 10 video games left within the common season.

New Orleans is 8-20 since Williamson’s harm on Jan. 2 and entered Wednesday evening’s motion in a three-way tie for tenth place within the Western Conference with a report of 31-34.

Now the Pelicans should play not less than their subsequent seven video games with out the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson, who has averaged 26 factors and 7 rebounds in 29 video games this season.

“My first thought is always for Z. It’s been tough dealing with the hamstring and working to get himself back and kind of having the same issue again,” Pelicans coach Willie Green stated, alluding to a setback Williamson had in his restoration shortly earlier than the All-Star sport.

For the remainder of the fellows, we all know the place we’re. Guys must step up,” Green said. “It’s go time for us.”

Green said Williamson has been building strength, performing pool workouts and spotshooting on the court.

“So, he’s progressing, however we’re extraordinarily aware of final time he received to 6 weeks and he wasn’t quote prepared,” Green added.

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Drafted first overall out of Duke in 2019, Williamson missed all of the 2021-22 season with a foot injury and most of his rookie season with a knee injury.

Since turning pro, he has played in a combined total of 114 games out of 292 regular season games and none of New Orleans’ eight postseason games.

Last summer, Williamson signed five-year rookie max extension with New Orleans with a value ranging between $193 million and $231 million, based on incentives.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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