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Zion Williamson Suffers Torn Meniscus, Expected to be Out 6-8 Weeks

The NBA regular season is beginning tomorrow night, but Zion Williamson’s long-awaited debut has been put on hold.

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without the number one overall pick when they take on the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Tuesday as Williamson has undergone surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee. The Pelicans expect to be without the rookie forward for the next six to eight weeks, but were encouraged to know that the injury was not more serious than originally expected.

The injury doesn’t do Williamson any favours, who has been a subject of criticism due to his weight. At 6-foot-6, the former Duke Blue Devil weighed in at 285 pounds during training camp and there remains concern about the amount of weight his lower half and knees have to carry on a nightly basis.

Williamson was named College Basketball Player of the Year and earned ACC Defensive Team honours in his lone year at Duke.

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