Zion Williamson is one of the most talented young players in the league today. He was highly touted out of college and has mostly delivered. While he has not yet played this season, he averaged 27.0 PPG and 7.2 RPG last season, and it is quite obvious that his ability is something special.
However, there have been some concerns about his conditioning and durability in recent times. The reason Williamson has not touched the court this season is due to a foot surgery, which might leave him sidelined until December.
The New Orleans Pelicans have taken active steps to address those concerns. A recent report by Brian Windhorst and Andrew Lopez of ESPN stated that the team has "poured resources, time and energy to protect Williamson's health" and have even "changed some of their culinary practices to support him". GM David Griffin has also "ripped NBA referees publically for not protecting Williamson".
The Pelicans have poured resources, time and energy to protect Williamson's health. They have changed members of the staff and even changed some of their culinary practices in an attempt to support him. They have talked with him about protecting his body from extra hits. Griffin has stood up for him privately, sending video clips to the league to illustrate how Williamson was getting beat up. When that didn't work, Griffin ripped NBA referees publicly for not protecting Williamson and was fined $50,000.
Hopefully, the measures that the Pelicans took pay off in the future. It is easy to see that the franchise is supporting their superstar, and trying to help him succeed on the basketball court.
The New Orleans Pelicans are currently 2-14, and 14th in the Western Conference. While this season may look bleak, they should be much better when Zion Williamson returns. A play-in spot isn't out of the question, and they'll be a dangerous team when Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram are healthy and playing together.