Pelicans F Zion Williamson was allowed to continue rehab on his recovery from a torn right lateral meniscus after New Orleans submitted a proposal to the NBA for Williamson to receive treatment even while the Pelicans practice facility was closed. (Christian Clark on Twitter)
Williamson missed the first 45 games of his rookie season after suffering a torn right lateral meniscus prior to the regular season. All along, the Pelicans took a “holistic” approach to his rehabilitation, which included not only strengthening the knee, but improving his flexibility. "As you guys know, the flexibility aspect with Zion was really critical, so they’ve [training staff] been able to continue to focus on that," said David Griffin, Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. "They weren’t able to do any court work during that period of time, but they were able to get the work in needed on the table, and so that was important. We’re grateful that the league allowed for that." Griffin went on to say that Williamson will be ready to go once the NBA gives the green light on resuming the season, which gained some momentum on Wednesday as Disney World was cited as a real possibility. Williamson has played in just 19 games in his NBA career, but has already shown what he’s capable of doing, averaging 23.6 points on 58.9% shooting from the field, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in just 30 minutes per game. He’s a stud and will continue to rack up the stats for fantasy owners when the season resumes.