New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has been cleared to partake in full group exercises, the group reported on Friday evening.
Williamson, who is recuperating from a cracked right foot, had his most recent arrangement of outputs on Wednesday. They were assessed by Pelicans group muscular specialist Dr. Scott Montgomery and by Dr. Richard Ferkel, a specialist who has dealt with NBA players previously.
“It’s been a long road to get him to this point,” Pelicans coach Willie Green said. “Anyone that’s ever dealt with any type of injury like that, it’s hard to come back from. It’s hard mentally. He’s done a great job pushing through. Z has an opportunity now to be a full go in practices, and we’ll have a practice soon. Hopefully that’ll add some juice to our team. He’s a huge part of what we do there.”
The Pelicans said Williamson went through 4-on-4, full-court work in Friday while the group is in Utah for a one after the other. New Orleans plays Utah on Friday and Saturday prior to making a beeline for Los Angeles to play the Clippers on Monday. The group will go back to New Orleans on Tuesday and afterward play the Dallas Mavericks the next day.
In light of the group’s timetable, it’s probable the Pelicans will not have a full practice for Williamson to partake in until Thursday.
In a news discharge, New Orleans said it presently can’t seem to decide when Williamson will get back to game activity.
“It’s more about how he responds to practices,” Green said. “How he responds to the physicality of playing against his teammates. How he responds to getting up and down. Just giving a timeline is tough on that. We want him back as soon as possible. But it’s all predicated on how he feels after workouts, and the medical team will work diligently with him and we’ll go from there.”
Williamson presently can’t seem to play in a game this season as a result of the cracked foot. In his nonattendance, the Pelicans have gotten off to a 4-16 beginning.