Zion exits Summer League debut after contact to left knee
NBA.com Global on Jul 06, 2019 02:53 PM
New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson runs upcourt during the team's NBA summer league basketball game against the New York Knicks on Friday, July 5, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)
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Zion Williamson's much-anticipated Summer League debut ended earlier than the fans wanted due to what appears to be a minor knee injury.
Williamson did not play in the second half because of knee-to-knee contact in the first half, and fans who were chanting "We want Zion! We want Zion!" weren't going to get any more than those first nine minutes.
Williamson finished with 11 points, three rebounds, and one steal that led to a thunderous dunk.
According to ESPN's Cassidy Hubbarth, the injury is not believed to be serious as the Pelicans are taking a cautious approach with their No. 1 pick.
Zion Williamson took knee to knee hit in first half. Will not return with left knee injury. It's not expected to be serious but the Pelicans are taking a cautious approach with their #1 pick during this summer league.— Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) July 6, 2019
Williamson watched the second half from the bench until things took an unexpected turn when a reported 7.1-magnitude earthquake postponed the game in the fourth quarter.
New Orleans led New York 80-74 with 7:53 remaining. The NBA says it is working to determine if the game will continue Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).