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Pelicans GM: Zion Williamson “very likely” won’t play in back-to-back games

Rookie forward expected to be eased back into action when he returns from knee surgery.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson brings the ball up the court against the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.  Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson (knee) is “very likely” to sit out back-to-backs when he returns from knee surgery, GM David Griffin told reporters Thursday night.

There have been a few Zion updates going around but we still don’t know when the No. 1 overall pick is going to make his NBA debut for the Pels. There were reports speculating that it wouldn’t be within the 6-8 week timetable that was original set in place. That isn’t all too surprising though, considering New Orleans is 6-16 and second-to-last in the Western Conference ahead of the Golden State Warriors.