Pelicans say Zion Williamson has been cleared in his return to play progression without any restrictions.
Recent imaging showed continued improvement of the bone healing in his right fifth metatarsal.
— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) May 26, 2022
There was talk during the playoffs that Williamson could have returned to the team if they needed him against the Phoenix Suns. More than likely, he would have only seen limited action.
This is awesome, man. Happy for Zion and Pelicans fans, I hope we get to see him at full-strength again very soon https://t.co/aL2hDBh3i2
— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) May 26, 2022
Since leaving Duke for the NBA, Williamson has been plagued by injuries and has only played in 85 games in his NBA career. He only played 24 games as a rookie because of a torn meniscus in his right knee.
Williamson was quoted as saying that this past season was a “rough year” not only because of the injury but also the rehab he had to go through.
“Being real, it sucks watching from the sideline,” Williamson said. “I just want to be out there. Just seeing the potential. We have a lot of great pieces. I’m excited to get out on the court with those guys.”
— Jesse Brooks (@jessecbrooks) May 26, 2022
Coming out of high school, Williamson was a McDonald All-American and became a superstar at Duke. He was a first-team consensus All-American with the Blue Devils and named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2019.
Perhaps the 2022-2023 NBA season is going to be the year of Zion Williamson. Finally.