Zion Williamson undergoes first full practice since knee surgery
Zion Williamson can check off another milestone in his return from a knee injury that has delayed his NBA regular-season debut, as the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday shared that the rookie has undergone his first full practice since his surgery.
Gentry said Zion had his first full practice with the team today #WBD— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) January 2, 2020
The initial recovery timeline after Williamson suffered a torn meniscus during the preseason on Oct. 13 was six to eight weeks, so the rookie’s rehab obviously has gone well beyond initial estimates.
That said, the Pelicans understandably have been exercising extreme caution with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Still, there has been abundant evidence that Williamson has been ramping up basketball activities in recent weeks.
Working his way back @Zionwilliamson | #WontBowDown pic.twitter.com/TVPpT5heNm— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) December 28, 2019
Despite Williamson going through an “actual practice,” as Alvin Gentry put it, the Pelicans head coach indicated the young star will not play in the team’s upcoming two-game West Coast trip.
This clip is from the @PelicansNBA live stream.— Fletcher Mackel (@FletcherWDSU) January 2, 2020
Head Coach Alvin Gentry says Zion Williamson went through practice today but that he will not play in the upcoming west coast road trip.
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Gentry gives no definitive time table for Zion’s return. pic.twitter.com/WMTuqREbKO
It remains to be seen exactly when Williamson will make his long-awaited debut on the NBA stage. Having been a full participant in practice on Thursday, however, presumably makes the revised expectation that Williamson make his NBA debut in January almost certain, barring a setback.