Zion Williamson undergoes torn meniscus surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Zion Williamson undergoes torn meniscus surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Zion Williamson will miss 6-8 weeks following surgery on a torn right lateral meniscus, the Pelicans announced Monday.

The timetable for his full return to play is estimated at six to eight weeks.

Zion Williamson had the entire National Basketball Association world captivated during the preseason as he averaged over 23 points per game and came through with his signature dunks every time he stepped onto the court.

He put up 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in his preseason debut, and over his first four preseason games averaged 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals on an astounding 71.4 percent shooting from the field.

The Pelicans are set to take on the Toronto Raptors without Zion on opening night.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last Friday the thought was Williamson injured the knee on October 13 against the San Antonio Spurs. He led the Pelicans in his most recent preseason game with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Zion Williamson's rookie season is off to an unfortunate start.

The 6-foot-7, 284-pound Williamson missed time in summer league after he banged his left knee in a collision with another player.

A favorite for Rookie of the Year before the injury announcement, Williamson told Yahoo Sports' Liz Roscher last week that he was more focused on the team than an individual accomplishment.

New Orleans opens its home schedule a week from Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.

The 19-year-old forward, the number one pick in June's National Basketball Association draft, picked up the injury during pre-season and missed his side's final warm-up match.

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