Former No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson has sat out the start of the Pelicans’ season as part of his rehab from offseason foot surgery.
Despite reaching his projected date for return from injury, the former All-Star began experiencing renewed soreness in his surgically repaired foot and will be now be sidelined indefinitely, per the team’s statement on Saturday.
The Athletic / Stadium’s Shams Charania relayed the update, “Recent imaging on Williamson’s foot ‘showed a regression in the bone healing of his fifth metatarsal,’ per Pelicans.”
Recent imaging on Williamson's foot "showed a regression in the bone healing of his fifth metatarsal," per Pelicans. https://t.co/EPs4ye3va5
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 11, 2021
New Orleans will shut down the 21-year-old from all basketball activities for an undisclosed period of time.
“After experiencing persistent soreness in his right foot, Zion Williamson underwent medical imaging which showed a regression in the bone healing of his fifth metatarsal,” read the announcement. “As a result, the volume and intensity of his training will be reduced for an extended period to help allow for further bone healing. Additional updates will be provided as warranted.”
Williamson has only appeared for 84 games in his three NBA seasons. He missed 44 games in his rookie season due to a torn meniscus.
Pre-draft profiles leading up to Williamson’s selection in 2019 were troubled over the college phenom’s physical sustainability at 6-foot-8, 260-plus pounds.
Zion, now believed to be hovering around 300 pounds, certainly finds himself in territory where missing the entirety of the 2021 season will be the minimum amount of time needed to get back to form.