NBA rookie Zion Williamson has left the Orlando bubble citing family emergency. The news was confirmed by Pelicans vice president David Griffin.
Zion has a made a massive brand for himself in his rookie year itself. The star was also revealed as one of the cover stars in the NBA’s latest 2k release.
Zion has been working on his game during the lockdown. The Pelicans’ star recently revealed his bulked up body and dominated the Pelicans’ first post-lockdown practice session. The rookie missed the starting months of his season due to an injury. However, Zion looked ready to lead the Pelicans to the playoffs this season.
Zion Williamson family emergency
Zion left the NBA bubble due to a family emergency. However, the star plans to return to the league at a later date. David Griffin mentioned that the franchise supported his decision and won’t reveal the details of his departure.
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Zion has been the most hyped player to enter the league since a certain kid from Akron stole the headlines. The Pelicans’ drafted him with the number one overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.
When will Zion Williamson come back to the NBA Bubble?
Players will be required to be in quarantine for 4 days after returning to the NBA Bubble in Orlando, provided they test negative for COVID-19.
Now, the Pelicans play their first game of the NBA re-start against Utah Jazz. Thus, in order for Zion to be available for the 1st game, he will need to be back in the bubble by July 25.
In order for that to happen though, the NBA rookie will have to test negative for the coronavirus and get back into the bubble by July 25th.
What’s next for the Pelicans?
The Pelicans seemed to be moving in the right direction. With a young core of all-star Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Zion himself, the Pelicans have the potential to be one of the best sides in the league.
The Pelicans currently have a record of 28-36 this season. They remain 3.5 games behind the eight-place Grizzlies. The Grizzlies, Blazers, Pelicans and Kings are touted to be involved in a fascinating race to bag the 8th seed in the stacked western conference.
Zion currently averages 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season. The Pelicans will be hoping to see their young superstar return as soon as possible. They face the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers in the first two matches in the league’s restart.
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