Will the Duke star, Zion Williamson play in season opener?

Zion Williamson was restricted by the New Orleans Pelicans during practice on Sunday as he recovers from what seemed to be a slight ankle ailment, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Andrew Lopez.

Will the Duke star, Zion Williamson play in season opener?

Zion Williamson
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A regular-season game for the Duke basketball star hasn’t been played in 17 months.

While Zion Williamson recovers from what seems to be a slight ankle ailment, the New Orleans Pelicans restricted him in practice on Sunday.

Head coach Willie Green expressed his hope that the former Duke basketball player would participate in a full session on Monday. This implies that the Pelicans anticipate Williamson to be prepared for their 6:30 p.m. season opener against the Brooklyn Nets. Wednesday, ET.

Williamson missed the whole 2018–19 season while recovering from a foot ailment, and has not played in a regular-season game since May 4, 2021.

The 22-year-old power forward injured his left ankle during a drive on Wednesday night during a preseason loss to the Miami Heat of 120-103.

The 2021 All-Star and former No. 1 overall pick was labeled as “day-to-day” by the New Orleans Pelicans after that game, and Williamson made fun of all the overreactions on Twitter while addressing the media at the time:

“You know, Twitter already did its thing…They’re the doctor, apparently, but I’m straight.”

The Pelicans defeated the Atlanta Hawks at home on Friday, 120-111, although Zion Williamson did not play.

Although seventh-year NBA phenom Brandon Ingram, another Duke basketball product from New Orleans, missed the team’s first four preseason games due to an injured toe, he did play against the Hawks.

Therefore, the Pelicans were unable to watch each member of their starting lineup play during the preseason.

About Zion Williamson

No. 1 – New Orleans Pelicans
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
BornJuly 6, 2000 (age 22)
Salisbury, North Carolina, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight284 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High schoolSpartanburg Day
(Spartanburg, South Carolina)
CollegeDuke (2018–2019)
NBA draft2019 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the New Orleans Pelicans
Playing career2019–present
Career history
2019–presentNew Orleans Pelicans