Former Duke basketball superstar Zion Williamson suffered an injury setback this offseason.
Sometimes Zion Williamson is too strong for his own good, and the former Duke basketball standout injured himself once again because of his strength and dedication.
At New Orleans Pelicans Media Day on Monday afternoon, it was revealed by Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin that Williamson broke a bone in his foot this summer during a workout.
Griffin said that it would be unlikely for Williamson to play in any preseason games this season but that he should be ready for the start of the regular season on Wednesday, October 20 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Williamson underwent surgery prior to the start of NBA Summer League to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot.
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When asked about the injury during his press conference, Zion Williamson told reporters that he was working out too hard because of a chip he had on his shoulder for the upcoming season.
Injuries have been at the forefront of Williamson’s career dating back to when he sprained his knee after bursting through his shoe at the beginning of a Duke vs. North Carolina game in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Williamson played just 24 games during his rookie season due to a meniscus tear, and his 2020-21 season ended early because of a thumb injury. However, the former No. 1 overall pick did play in 61 of 72 games last season.
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Also over the summer, a report surfaced that Williamson and his family did not see eye-to-eye with the front office of the Pelicans because of the minutes restriction he was put on during his rookie season after returning from injury.
However, Williamson was asked about his commitment to the organization and left no doubts about how he feels about the New Orleans Pelicans.
Zion Williamson is eligible for a maximum extension next summer, or he could sign a qualifying offer and elect to become an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
In 85 games played for the Pelicans, Williamson has averaged 25.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game on 60.4-percent shooting from the floor.