Even exterior the bubble, Zion Williamson continues to be examined day by day for COVID-19.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced Wednesday that their star rookie, who left Orlando’s NBA campus final week due to an “pressing household matter,” has continued to check unfavorable for the Corona Virus since he has been away from the crew, doubtlessly accelerating Williamson’s return to the courtroom when he returns to Florida. Williamson’s required quarantine interval might final anyplace from 4 days to two weeks and will probably be decided by the league.
“While there isn’t any present timetable for his return to campus, he totally intends to rejoin the crew,” a crew assertion learn. “Per NBA protocol, his quarantine interval will probably be decided upon his return.”
The Pelicans (28-36), who’re scheduled to play their first recreation of the restarted season on July 30 in opposition to the Jazz, are presently three half video games again of the Grizzlies for the ultimate playoff spot within the Western Conference. They want to be inside 4 video games of the No. eight seed so as to drive a play-in sequence, which might require two Pelicans wins for the crew to advance.
New Orleans performed nearly all of the season with out its No. 1 total choose, who didn’t debut till Jan. 22 due to a knee harm. Upon returning, Williamson dominated as he did throughout his one unimaginable season at Duke, averaging 23.6 factors and 6.eight rebounds, whereas taking pictures 58.9 % from the sphere and main the crew to an 11-9 report, earlier than the season was suspended on March 11.
“I reached out to Zion and I advised him we’re going to do our greatest to maintain it down for him till he will get again, at any time when that’s,” veteran JJ Redick just lately mentioned on his self-titled podcast. “As a teammate, he’s a member of the family, so we are going to do our greatest to hold this factor rolling. Whatever is happening, we wish the most effective for him. I really feel terrible for him as a result of a lot of this season has been a rollercoaster for him and it appeared like he was in such a superb place so, hopefully, we get him again quickly.”