Zion Williamson could have his summer league cut short.
The Pelicans star encountered a knee-to-knee hit with an opponent during Friday night’s game against the Knicks and did not return after the first half. Though his left knee soreness is not considered to be serious, New Orleans has elected to be cautious with the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft, according to a report from ESPN.
Zion Williamson (left knee) took knee-to-knee hit. Will not return
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 6, 2019
Zion Williamson took knee to knee hit in first half. Will not return with left knee injury. It’s not expected to be serious but the Pelicans are taking a cautious approach with their #1 pick during this summer league.
— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) July 6, 2019
Although people only got a glimpse of Williamson, he showed some promise while he was on the court. The 19-year-old forward recorded 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting while logging nine minutes and threw down some powerful dunks along the way. He showcased his ability to make the same highlight plays he made at Duke against pros and other top prospects during his limited playing time. But nobody else in the contest made it to the final buzzer either.
The matchup between New York and New Orleans was postponed with just under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter after a nearby earthquake caused a disturbance. The Pelicans were leading 80-74 at the time and were ultimately declared the winners.
Those ready for the arrival of Williamson might have to wait a little longer to see him really get going. New Orleans hasn’t made its plans for him clear for the remainder of summer league, but it’s possible he could be held out of multiple games moving forward.