Zion Williamson is expected to miss another month with a foot injury, but New Orleans Pelicans fans are growing impatient. Former coach Stan Van Gundy compared it to the Joel Embiid situation to provide some relief.
The New Orleans Pelicans currently have a 9-21 record, second-worst in the western conference. Things are not looking good for them since the departure of Anthony Davis in 2019. They put all their hopes on Zion Williamson, the most anticipated rookie since LeBron James.
Although the young star lived up to expectations, he was unable to do so for a long time. He suffered his first injury of the 2019 season and has been plagued since. His much-anticipated debut came 3 months late into his rookie season and thus began the injury saga.
So far, he has been unsuccessful in proving it as the star’s last game was in May of this year. Zion broke his leg and had to undergo surgery this season. The New Orleans Pelicans are optimistic that the young star will feature in the opening game of the season. However, a month and a half passed and he could not return.
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Zion Williamson is a big gamble for the New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans fired coach after coach because they couldn’t make it to the knockout stages each year. Stan Van Gundy, a former head coach now working as an analyst for TNT believes Zion Williamson deserves a proper chance before the organization and fans give up on him. He tries to draw parallels between himself and Sixers center Joel Embiid in favor of Zion’s case.
Unfortunately, Zion Williamson missed too many games in his first 3 years. He’s a great talent and one of the most exciting players in the league. But let’s keep things in perspective. He played almost 3 times as many matches as Embiid did in his first 3 years.
– Stan Van Gundy (@realStanVG) December 17, 2021
Joel Embiid is considered injury-prone and a huge liability for the Philadelphia 76ers when he comes to the league. Although it took a while, he proved that story false. He’s been playing at MVP level season after season and the Sizers are reaping the benefits.
Zion Williamson was in a similar situation but was much more active in his early years than JoJo. He played most of the 2020-21 season and averaged 27 points, 61.1% FG and 7 rebounds. He has the potential to be a great player in the future, however, his bulky stature has always caused problems.
The New Orleans Pelicans are giving him all the time he needs to recover from his surgery. He got an injection in his broken foot because it didn’t heal completely. It will keep him inactive for another 4-6 weeks, after which he will be reevaluated. It will be too late for the Pelicans to make any serious runs for a playoffs spot.
https://thesportsrush.com/nba-news-zion-williamson-has-played-3-times-as-many-games-as-joel-embiid-did-in-his-first-3-years-stan-van-gundy-attempts-to-pacify-new-orleans-pelicans-fans-as-their-all-stars-return-is-further-delay/ “Zion Williamson played 3 more games than Joel Embiid in his first 3 years”: Stan Van Gundy tries to reassure New Orleans Pelicans fans as their all-star return is further faltered delay