The New Orleans Pelicans Media Day has started by unveiling a well-kept secret. On his first official speech preseason, general manager David Griffin has made public that Zion Williamson has had surgery for a broken right foot during the offseason. Griffin has also said that in recent days he has met with Zion and his family to decree the return date of the player. In any case, in the franchise they expect the player to be available for the first game of the season, which implies that the entire training camp may be lost.
This same operation and the resulting rehabilitation are the reasons why the player would not have come to Nashville for the informal meeting that the team recently attended. The manager has also taken the opportunity to settle the rumors that pointed to the alleged discomfort of Zion with the direction of the franchise. Griffin clarifies that it was all a misunderstanding that he has personally resolved with the player’s family, the source of the leak. The Pelicans will kick off the season on October 20 against the Sixers. But although Zion will surely be from the game, it worries his early injury history coming from a physical specimen as special as his.
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