Zion Williamson struggles to get to the Pelicans’ first game


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Zion Williamson struggles to get to the Pelicans' first game

The young New Orleans team forward was quarantined for several days and may not be physically ready for Thursday’s duel against the Utah Jazz.

Zion Williamson faces a battle to prove his fitness before the restart of the NBA, in which New Orleans Pelicans will play against Utah Jazz Thursday. The 20-year-old forward left the league bubble to attend an “urgent family affair” before returning to Orlando last Friday.

Under coronavirus regulations, Williamson had to quarantine for several days, and Pelicans vice president David Griffin doubts he could make it to the July 30 crash.

“Literally, any player on our roster who went 13 days without doing any physical activity, it will not be a fact that we simply let him play in the next game. Particularly a player who generates as much as he does. So, we will see what situation he is in,” Griffin said.

Williamson is not the only NBA player to be absent from Florida’s secure NBA COVID facility, but Griffin is not concerned about the possibility of an increased risk of infection given strict established protocols. “The league does such a good job of being hyper-cautious when they bring players back into the bubble that I really don’t feel like that’s our danger,” he said.

Instead, he is more concerned with the long-term difficulties of ensuring that everyone follows the line. “I don’t think that is where we have any real opportunity to burst the bubble. I think the real problem will be as this progresses more and more, if there is more and more attraction to break up and just get off campus,” he concluded.

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