New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will be continuing his rehabilitation away from the team, the Pelicans announced Wednesday.
Williamson has not played a game this season after recovering from foot surgery in the offseason.
“Since we notified everyone on December 16 of his latest imaging, it was decided then by our medical team to dial his rehab back to only partial weight-bearing activities. He continues along that path,” Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin said from a press release . “We also agreed that in order to put Zion in the best position to succeed, he will rehab away from the team at this time so he can focus on the task at hand.”
In November, Williamson was cleared to participate in contact drills, beginning with 1-on-1 workouts and progressively working towards full-team workouts. However, a month later, Williamson had a setback as he needed a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot.
“As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult process for me,” Williamson said via a press release from the team. “I know there’s work to be done in my recovery before I can safely return to the court, but I will continue to put in the time necessary so I can get back on the floor with my team and represent Pelicans fans and the city of New Orleans at the highest level. Basketball means everything to me, and I am thankful for the Pelicans organization and everyone who has surrounded me with love and support throughout this journey – my family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans, and everybody who has stood behind me and uplifted me when I needed it most.”
New Orleans is 13-25, and at this point, it might be in their best interest to let the third-year forward sit out the rest of the season.
Zion Williamson’s return to the court will have to wait a little longer.
According to the Pelicans, Williamson had persistent soreness in his right foot, and an MRI showed a regression in the bone healing of his fifth metatarsal. As a result, the volume and intensity of his training will be reduced for an extended period to help allow for further bone healing.
Williamson, 21, has not played a game this season after undergoing foot surgery in the offseason. In late November, New Orleans announced that Williamson was cleared for full-team activities.
At this point, it might be in the best interest of the Pelicans, who are at the bottom of the West, to take their time putting him back on the court.
New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson is slowly working his way back.
Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the Pelicans announced Friday. According to the team, Williamson, who underwent imaging on his fractured right foot on Wednesday (Nov. 24), was medically cleared by doctors.
Also, Williamson played 4-on-4 full-court today and will continue his progression towards returning to play, according to the team, according to the team.
An estimated date to return to game action has not been determined.
Williamson, who underwent foot surgery in the offseason, has not played a game this season. In 2020-21, the 21-year-old Williamson averaged 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per contest.
The New Orleans Pelicans and head coach Stan Van Gundy have mutually agreed to part ways, the team announced on Wednesday.
Van Gundy, who was named the seventh head coach in franchise history on October 22, 2020, compiled a 31-41 (.431) regular-season record in one season with the Pelicans. Van Gundy has a career regular-season record of 554-425 (.566) with Miami (2003-06), Orlando (2007-12), Detroit (2014-18), and New Orleans.
“On behalf of Mrs. Gayle Benson and the Pelicans organization, I would like to thank Stan for the integrity and professionalism that he demonstrated during his time in New Orleans, as well as the commitment and work ethic he brought to our team,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin via a press release. “This was a difficult decision as I have tremendous respect for Stan both personally and professionally, but we agreed it is in the best interest of our team to move forward in a different direction. We wish Stan, Kim, and their family all the best in the future.”
It should be interesting to see what happens next with Van Gundy. While what happened in New Orleans was a disappointment, the team struggled with injuries this season, so Van Gundy will probably get another shot elsewhere. In the end, Van Gundy and the Pelicans were just not a good fit.
The New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has a fractured left ring finger, the team announced on Friday.
According to the Pelicans, Williamson will be sidelined indefinitely. A timetable for his return will be determined upon further evaluation.
Williamson is averaging 27.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.
New Orleans(30-36) is in Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Friday night. Currently, the Pelicans are 1.5 games behind the Spurs for the 10th and final spot in the Western Conference playoffs.
On Saturday night against the New Orleans Pelicans(20-25), the Dallas Mavericks(23-21) were without their top two players in Luka Doncic(illness) and Kristaps Porzingis(rest).
Dallas battled and fought hard against the Pelicans, but they just did not have enough. Zion Williamson scored 13 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter as New Orleans defeated the Mavericks 112-103 at Smoothie Kings Center.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 30 points off the bench and got the Mavericks back into the game and helped Dallas take a lead after they trailed by 15 points in the first quarter, but this game was all about Williamson, who at times, was unstoppable.
According to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, Williamson was Shaquille O’Neal-like with point guard skills.
“This is a Shaquille O’Neal type force of nature with a point guard skill-set,” Carlisle said. “And if you back off of him, he’ll just take up space and keep coming at you… You gotta have a lot of courage to stand in there and get run over by that guy.”
One guy who dared to take a charge from Williamson was Hardaway Jr., who took a charge from Williamson in the second quarter, and after the game, he discussed how it felt.
“Taking a charge, let alone picking him up off the ground, helping him up,” he said. “That guy is very, very strong. Strong as an ox. He’s a great player, heck of a player. He does an amazing job attacking the basket, getting his teammates involved; he’s excellent at his strengths… He’s doing an amazing job, hard to defend him.”
The 20-year-old Williamson is a load and can be a tough guard. He does have some Shaq in his game, but a better comparison is probably Charles Barkley because of his size, ball-handling ability, and athleticism. However, to be compared to Shaq is an honor.
The Mavericks continue their five-game road trip on Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Watch as Hardaway Jr. talks Zion Williamson: