The New Orleans Pelicans said Thursday that star star Zion Williamson has been allowed to return to the game without restrictions.
According to recent imaging work on Williamson’s foot, the right fifth metatarsal bone was showing “continuous improvement,” the Pelicans said.
Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 season while recovering from offseason foot surgery. He was on his way back to the start of the campaign, at one point clearing for the entire basketball activity. But the pain came back and Pelican doctors saw in December that imaging “shows a regression in bone healing.”
No. 1 pick of 2019 NBA In the draft, Williamson played just 85 games (all starts) for the Pelicans. He missed the first three months of the 2019-20 season due to a knee injury.
Williamson was an all-star in the 2020-21 season, when he averaged 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 61 contests. His career average is 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
The former Duke star told reporters last month that he would not hesitate to sign an extension with New Orleans, saying “I could not sign fast enough.”
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