The notavo, one of the sensations of the New Orleans Pelicans, played only 15 minutes in the game that marked the return of the NBA.
Coach Alvin Gentry explained that he was simply following medical advice when asked why Zion Williamson he was not so many minutes on the court, in the defeat of New Orleans Pelicans versus Utah Jazz.
The 2019-20 NBA season resumed on Thursday in the bubble of Walt Disney World, in Orlando, with the presence of the rookie who scored 13 points in 15 minutes and did not return in the final stretch of the game.
Williamson, whose long-awaited NBA debut campaign was delayed until January with a knee injury, had to leave the NBA ‘bubble’ in Orlando to attend to an “urgent family matter,” and only returned last Friday, at which point I had to quarantine for four days.
“Of course we wish we could have played him down the stretch, but we used the minutes they gave us and that’s the way it is. We weren’t going to keep him there. The medical staff said to play against them in the minutes they allowed us to play with him,” Coach Gentry told ESPN.
“Obviously we are a much better and different team when he’s on the court. They told me the minutes he could play and that’s what I did,” he said.
Williamson, who missed the first 43 games of the season after knee surgery, explained that it was about finding his rhythm again: “They weren’t holding me back. Yes, I wanted to be there, but we’re just working to get back to my flow . That’s it”.
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