Just three days ago it was reported that Zion Williamson would miss a ‘period of weeks’ with a right knee injury, but on Monday we got even worse news about the first-overall pick.
The Pelicans announced that the former Duke star will miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a torn right later meniscus.
Zion Williamson underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to address a torn right lateral meniscus. The routine debridement was performed by Dr. Jason Folk with assistance from Team Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Misty Suri.
The timetable for his full return to play is estimated at six to eight weeks.
According to the reports last week, a ‘severe injury’ was ruled out, but given this latest update, it may be more than just a precautionary measure to undergo this surgery.
The NBA season gets underway Tuesday night and a six to eight-week timetable for Zion’s return is not what the new-look Pelicans had in mind to start a new era in New Orleans.
Williamson averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting 71.4 percent from the field in the Pelicans’ first four preseason games playing just over 27 minutes per game.