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Pelicans star Zion Williamson walks away from the squad

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to allow star forward Zion Williamson to continue his rehabilitation of a broken foot away from the team’s headquarters.

Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said on Wednesday the club agreed that “in order to put Zion in the best position to be successful, he will be rehabilitating away from the team at this time. there so that he can concentrate on the task at hand. “

Williamson, who averaged 27 points, a team-high and was an All-Star last season, was attempting to resume training in mid-December following an injury during the summer. But imaging of his foot revealed a setback and the club said at that point Williamson would stop practicing and focus on healing.

“As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult process for me,” Williamson said in a written statement released by the club. “I know there is work to be done in my recovery before I can safely return to the field, but I will continue to dedicate the time necessary so that I can return to the field with my team and represent the fans of Pelicans and the city of New Orleans at the highest level.

“Basketball means everything to me,” added Williamson, “and I am grateful to the Pelicans organization and all those who have surrounded me with love and support on this journey – my family, my friends. friends, my teammates, coaches, staff, fans and everyone who stood behind me and raised me when I needed it most.

The Pelicans have gone 13-25 without Williamson this season, but are only 2-1 / 2 games behind Sacramento for the last place in the Western Conference with just over half of the season remaining.

The Pelicans will then play Thursday night when they host Golden State.


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