We have yet to see the most anticipated rookie in the NBA since LeBron James making his debut in the league. Zion Williamson was picked by the New Orleans Pelicans as the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft, instantly becoming one of the most interesting stories to see this season.
However, he underwent surgery on his right meniscus at the beginning of the season and the initial timetable to return was 6-8 weeks. That puts his return right around Christmas time, but several weeks have passed and he still has not resumed basketball duties and he may not even return until next year.
Now, NBA Hall of Famer Reggie Miller has made a bold claim about Zion and his future in the league, at least for this season.
“I’ve BEEN SAYING THIS.. I said this November 21 during the Pelicans vs Suns game, only to be told by David Griffin the President of the Pels at Halftime “No No No, Zion will DEFINITELY be back mid December”, fast forward to December 3rd Mavs vs Pels I double downed and said again,” Miller wrote on Twitter with a picture saying Zion could miss the entire season.
This is a tough blow for the Pelicans and it is part of the reason why the Pelicans are 6-18 right now. Yet, you can’t blame them for being careful with Zion. He’s expected to be their franchise player and there is no rush to make him play.
But, the fact that it is already taking longer than the team expected for his return and the fact that the team is letting information out makes everything more suspicious about this situation. Perhaps Miller is right and we’ll have to wait another season before seeing Zion making his longed-for debut in the league.