Zion Williamson: Summer League Shutdown Is 'Precautionary'

Ruben Hill
July 9, 2019

Williamson, the No 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, suffered a bruised knee in the second quarter in his debut on Friday night.

It wasn't surprising to see a Pelicans player throw down the most spectacular dunk in the first few days of Summer League, but it was supposed to be Zion Williamson bringing down the house with his awe-inspiring athleticism.

"It was more precautionary", Williamson told reporters (via ESPN.com), adding that it's "frustrating" not to be playing with his new teammates.

A mixture of waiting on the Lakers-Pelicans-Hawks-Wizards trade madness to be consummated led to Jaxson Hayes' Summer League debut to be postponed.

Last night, the Pelicans played the Chicago Bulls and won the game 109-72.

"I'm a competitor", Williamson said.

Though he wasn't playing, Williamson clearly was the focus of attention at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

With Williamson out of Summer League, the next time we will see him on the court is in preseason National Basketball Association action. Zion doesn't want to get too specific on what his goals are but he is in the midst of trying to get back into the proper game shape.

"I'll let the trainers help me with that", Williamson said.

Even though Williamson was on the bench, fans swarmed to him as he exited the court.

"The energy was high", Williamson said of the game that was halted in the second half by tremors from a California quake.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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