It is unclear when Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will return to the game after undergoing off-season surgery for a fractured right foot.
on Thursday, David Griffin, vice president of basketball operations, said. Williamson will be re-examined in two weeks and there is no “fixed timeline” for when he will return. William Sun will have another medical scan in 2-2 weeks when it is next examined.
The 21-year-old received scans on Wednesday, and Griffin said doctors (Richard Firkel and Pelicans team physician Scott Montgomery) were “very encouraged” by William’s recovery.
“It’s all about getting Zion back in the game as soon as possible,” Griffin said. “Obviously, two to two and a half weeks from now means he won’t be on the floor for the first week of the Games. When he gets back safely, we’ll do it.”
Williamson has been allowed to run and run an individual court.
Griffin said of Williamson’s progress to five to five activities, “Throughout the process, we will move towards it.” It may be two weeks before he does so. It’s really a matter of how things move.
In the off-season before the Summer League, Williamson injured his foot early. During Pelicans Media Day, Griffin said Williamson’s timeline brought him back to court during the regular season.
Griffin noted Thursday that there was no impediment to Williamson’s recovery and that “it takes some time for the boys to get the bone they need to see a doctor.”
Although William’s absence is not “ideal” for the start of the season, Griffin is hopeful of how his star has recovered.
“We don’t like the need to deal with it,” he said. “But we’re really happy with the way it’s gone so far.”
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, William Sun has suffered multiple injuries over the past three years, including a ruptured right-wing meniscus and Right knee injury He suffered while playing for Duke in February 2019.
New Orleans will need a healthy Williamson if they want to make it to the playoffs at the Western Conference. The Pelicans started their season against the 76ers on Wednesday.