Zion Williamson to miss start of regular season

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Pelicans forward Zion Williamson
Oct 6, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) looks at the scoreboard on a time out against Orlando Magic during the first half at Smoothie King Center (Photo: Stephen Lew).

The Pelicans will be without Zion Williamson at the start of the regular season, New Orleans executive VP of basketball operations David Griffin stated Thursday.

Griffin said there’s no timetable on the star forward’s return to action.

Williamson is recovering from offseason foot surgery that sidelined him throughout the preseason. The former No. 1 overall pick has been cleared to begin running but not any “physical activities” with other players. Griffin said Williamson will have more tests in two weeks.

On Pelicans Media Day before the start of training camp, Griffin said Williamson’s timeline “should get him back on the court for the regular season” but that obviously did not happen as hoped.

The Pelicans will play their five regular season games over the next two weeks, and Williamson will need more time once he’s cleared for full activities to be able to play in games.

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