NBA rookie Zion Williamson to miss 6 to 8 weeks with knee injury

The 2019-20 NBA season starts on Tuesday, October 22 as the Pelicans travel north of the border to face the reigning champions, the Toronto Raptors.

The Pelicans confirmed that the 19-year-old had undergone “successful” arthroscopic surgery on a torn right lateral meniscus.

It is estimated that Williamson will return in six to eight weeks.

The 19-year-old sensation picked up the injury during the preseason and missed the Pelicans’ final warm up game.

 

The 6-foot-7 Williamson is seen as the new face of the Pelicans franchise having been drafted first overall, after wantaway forward, Anthony Davis, was traded away and paired with LeBron James at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Williamson had shown flashes of his athleticism and skills during the preseason, with highflying dunks and blocks on show, as he averaged 23.3 points for the Pelicans.