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Zion Leaves Bubble to Attend Urgent Family Matter, Return Uncertain

The New Orleans Pelicans will be without their rookie phenom for an indefinite amount of time.

Despite reports of a cramp, Zion Williamson has left the bubble in Orlando on Thursday morning to attend what is said to be an urgent family medical matter. The Pelicans hope that Williamson can return to the bubble at some point this Summer.

“We fully support Zion’s decision to leave the NBA campus to be with his family,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. “Out of respect for the Williamson family, we will have no further comment at this time.”

If Williamson is gone for longer than a week, he will need to quarantine upon his return for a minimum of four days. He will also be required to test negative daily while away.

“Don’t know anything right now from the standpoint of him coming back,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “Obviously for us, we’re just very supportive of him and his family and his privacy during this time right now.”

Williamson has missed the majority of the season after undergoing meniscus surgery on his knee.

“As far as the impact on our team, we played 44 games without him,” Gentry said. “We had a tough stretch in there, but we also had a stretch where we won [11] out of 16 without him. Obviously he’s a great player that we’ll miss, but the one thing we always talked about — even through the tough times — is next man up. We’re a good team. We’re a deep team, that’s the one thing we are. We’ll have guys step in and play, and guys that will lift their game a little more.

“But right now, we’re not concerned about the basketball part for him, what we’re concerned about is family.”

Family over everything, here’s hoping everything turns out well for Williamson.

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