Luckily, the injury wasn’t worse, but Zion Williamson will miss the remainder of the NBA’s Summer League with a deep knee bruise. In the minutes that he played Zion was dominant, with 11 points in the less than a half that he played. He struggled early in a matchup against New York’s Kevin Knox; however, once switched to the center, Zion was able to beat the Knicks’ 7’1″ post defender with his quickness below the basket. Clearly, the Pelicans will try to maximize his abilities in the post.
However, before finishing his first professional game, a knee-on-knee hit ended both his game and Summer League. The Pelicans’ medical staff diagnosed it as a bruised knee– essentially and gratefully the least severe of the numerous knee-related possibilities– but shut him down for the summer to preserve his health. He will, however, surely be able to improve his physical shape by October and be ready to dominate the league when his time comes.