Zion Williamson Mar 1, 2023; Portland, Oregon, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson (1, right) watches from the bench during the second half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans have been without star forward Zion Williamson since he suffered a hamstring injury back in January. He was expected to return in February but suffered a setback which has continued to keep him out. Many fans are eager for him to return, but a negative update emerged on him on Wednesday.

When on the court this season, Williamson has been terrific as expected, averaging 26 points per game along with seven rebounds while shooting 60 percent from the field. The problem with Williamson has always been staying on the court, and in this case, getting back on the court.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed on Wednesday that the Pelicans have said Williamson will remain out for “a minimum of two more weeks”.

Many around the NBA world took notice of this update by Wojnarowski and are certainly frustrated by it.

The Pelicans desperately need Zion Williamson to return quickly if they have hopes of making it into the NBA Play-in Tournament.

They are currently the 10th seed in the Western Conference at 31-34 on the year. A number of teams including the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, and Utah Jazz are within a half-game behind them for that final play-in spot.

This diagnosis means that Williamson will at the very least miss the next seven games for the Pelicans. This is obviously concerning because they would very well drop out of the playoff picture altogether in that span of games.

[Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.