Former Duke superstar Zion Williamson dealing with knee soreness

Posted at 9:16 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 21:16:28-04

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The NBA career of former Duke men’s hoops superstar Zion Williamson is not getting off on the right foot…knee, actually.

Williamson, selected number one overall by New Orleans in June’s NBA Draft, will miss his team’s preseason finale to remain in New Orleans to undergo further testing and evaluation on his sore right knee. Williamson’s Pelicans open the NBA regular season Tuesday.

During his one season at Duke, Williamson was voted the National Player of the Year despite missing time with a sprained knee – also his right knee. He also sat-out nearly the entire NBA Summer League due to a bruised left knee.

Zion had played in all four of New Orleans’ previous preseason contests, averaging 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 27.3 minutes of action per game.