Pelicans say Williamson will continue rehabilitation away from team

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The New Orleans Pelicans say Zion Williamson will continue his rehab on his foot, but it will be done away from the team.

The Pelicans do say Williamson will remain under the supervision of the Pelicans medical staff.

“Since we notified everyone on December 16 of his latest imaging, it was decided then by our medical team to dial his rehab back to only partial weight-bearing activities. He continues along that path,” stated Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. “We also agreed that in order to put Zion in the best position to succeed, he will rehab away from the team at this time so he can focus on the task at hand.”

In a statement released by the Pelicans, Williamson said this process has been very difficult for him.

“I know there’s work to be done in my recovery before I can safely return to the court, but I will continue to put in the time necessary so I can get back on the floor with my team and represent Pelicans fans and the city of New Orleans at the highest level. Basketball means everything to me, and I am thankful for the Pelicans organization and everyone who has surrounded me with love and support throughout this journey – my family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans, and everybody who has stood behind me and uplifted me when I needed it most” said Zion Williamson.

Back in December, the Pelicans said Williamson experienced a “regression” in his surgically repaired right foot, further delaying the Pelicans’ star forward’s long-awaited return to the court.

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