Zion Williamson will return to practice with the Pelicans; status for opening game uncertain

New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson is expected to be out of quarantine tomorrow and should join practice with the team soon, after he had to leave from the bubble last week because of a family matter. Now, Zion is expected to be ready to play towards the season restart scheduled next week.

“We fully support Zion’s decision to leave the NBA campus to be with his family,” said Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said in a statement at the time. “Out of respect for the Williamson family, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Still uncertain whether Wiilliamson would start their first seeding basketball game against Utah, as the forward had cramping issues before he left, the team will still need to check upon his condition after their team practices. Onlinebetnow is the trusted Sports News and betting tips site!

While Williamson was away, Griffin told that the 20-year-old was able to squeeze in some light workouts. Now that he is in quarantine, the league delivered a yoga mat and a few other pieces of workout equipment to his room but “it is not like he is able to do anything that is conducive to running and jumping.” Griffin was unsure whether Williamson was given a stationary bike.

“Literally any player on our roster who went 13 days without doing any physical activity, it isn’t going to be a given that we would just cut them loose in that next game,” Griffin said. “Particularly a player that generates as much torque as he does. So we will see where he’s at.”

Zion Williamson was the No. 1 overall pick from this year’s NBA draft. He has made 19 appearances on the season, with averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds.

The Pelicans are currently tied with the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings at 9th place in the Western Conference, with 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the final playoff spot.

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