Zion Williamson is coming to an arena near you – tonight, finally.
The injured newcomer Pelicans, who has not yet played a second in a regular season game after surgery on his right knee in October, he finally got some good news. Williamson will make a real and real comeback on Wednesday night, against Spurs, after months of questions and anticipations from the media and fans.
Williamson briefly showed what kind of strength he can be during the preseason, averaging 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals in four games. If he is close to that version of himself, the Pelicans may not be completely out of the Western Conference playoff scene.
As exciting as this development is, let's start with your first game. Here's everything you need to know before Williams' regular NBA season debut with the Pelicans.
What time is Zion Williamson's debut game?
- Meeting: Wednesday, January 22
- Start time: 9.30 at night. ET
Zion Williamson's return to the Pelicans is scheduled for 9:30 pm. Tipoff ET on Wednesday, January 22, against Spurs.
ESPN "flexed" the game in prime time, after Pelicans' executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, told reporters on January 15 that Williamson would make his NBA debut in the regular season in front of the Nova audience. Orleans.
On which channel Pelicans vs. Spurs tonight?
- Television channel: ESPN
- Live broadcast: Watch ESPN
Pelicans vs. Spurs will be broadcast nationally on ESPN. The game replaced Rockets vs. Nuggets, which has been relegated to local broadcasts on the regular schedule, to accommodate the expected increase in audience with Williamson's debut. You can also stream the game live via Watch ESPN.
Zion Williamson's injury schedule
The Pelicans were unable to determine the exact moment when Williamson injured his knee, according to Atlético Shams Charania, but coach Alvin Gentry suggested that the injury may have occurred during a pre-season game on October 13 against Spurs. Williamson informed the Pelicans on October 16 that he was feeling a tightening in his knee – there was no pain or swelling – and a precautionary MRI scan on October 17 revealed a torn right lateral meniscus.
After arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus, Williamson was initially estimated at six to eight weeks, by a team statement. Using the NBA opening night (October 22) as a starting point, eight full weeks would have postponed its debut date to December 17.
However, Williamson stayed out of that window and his recovery lasted until 2020. Despite the long wait, New Orleans never considered holding Williamson for the entire season.
"The nature of his injury was not such that it was necessary," said Griffin. "Other players who had to make this determination, I think in almost all cases they had a much more significant surgery. Blake Griffin fractured a kneecap. That's a different question. Zion knew from the beginning that he would be able to play, and he wanted to play.
"He told you that he was not very happy with me for not playing yet. You never thought he wouldn't play."
Pelicans schedule 2020
Here are the next 10 Pelicans games:
|January, 22th||vs. Spurs||9.30 at night. ET||ESPN|
|January 24||vs. Nuggets||8:00 pm ET||–|
|January 26||Celtics||18:00 ET||ESPN|
|January 28||in Cavaliers||7:30 pm ET||–|
|January 31st||Grizzlies||8:00 pm ET||–|