Zion Williamson is not yet close to his long-awaited NBA debut, despite good progress, New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations said Tuesday.
Williamson, 19, was the first draft pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, but the coach underwent knee surgery in October.
Williams took some photos on Tuesday before the Pelicans (6-22) lost their overtime on the net. But Griffin moved to play with the excitement around the move, saying Williamson was still at work.
“We’re really excited about where he is. He’s made good progress,” he told Fox Sports New Orleans. “I know we’ve reached this point in eight weeks and everybody’s ready to see him. I think we’re a little farther, but today was a really big first step … It’s a momentous moment for him because he now has full weight , so if we see a failure we will see it now. “
The Pelicans are in their worst handicap series in franchise history, suffering 13 consecutive defeats.
However, they received many promising contributions from newcomers, such as Brandon Ingram and Jaxson Hayes, and could add another lottery option to the Draft NBA 2020 mix to cement a new roster around Williamson.
Omnisport contributed to this report.