With NBA opening night just days out, buzz and excitement about the new season couldn't be higher. With a new level of league parity, an unprecedented number of teams will be competing for a title this season -- as an unprecedented number of stars feel confidence they are ready to take the next step.
Unfortunately, the first few weeks will not include Zion Williamson, who has been ruled out for the first few weeks of the season.
Though ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that Zion has avoided "serious" injury, there is a growing fear regarding the state of his health moving forward.
ESPN's Stephen A Smith said on First Take that the situation is "blow" to the NBA and to the star-studded season ahead.
As the most hyped-up rookie sensation since LeBron James, there has been no shortage of media attention surrounding Zion's entrance in the NBA. It all started at Duke, where the young forward averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.
But at 6'6" and a whopping 285 pounds, there are concerns that Williamson's longevity will be threatened by injury. At Duke, he famously suffered an injury scare, and now he is expected to miss time in the NBA as well.
No doubt, in an excitement-filled season, this is a blow that will be felt until Williamson returns in a few weeks.