Without playing a single NBA game, Zion is down. After suffering from a mysterious knee injury, Zion Williamson is expected to be held out for several weeks at the start of the regular season.
According to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, sources told him Zion has a strained meniscus, and that Nike has expressed outward concern about his weight entering his rookie season.
“Somebody told me that what they’re not telling us is that he’s got a strained meniscus, and Nike is concerned about his weight,” Smith said. “And they want him to use this opportunity to get some weight off him so he doesn’t put as much strain on that knee.”
There was a sense of relief when further testing revealed no structural damage in the knee. But how much longer will Zion's body continue to hold up under so much stress?
His game is predicated off athleticism -- a trademark especially damaging to the integrity of the knee. With so much weight, it only puts additional pressure on his joints, and knees in particular.
The Pelicans and Nike will be monitoring Zion's health throughout the season. But if he isn't careful, his body could give out before his NBA career is really given a chance to take off.