Zion Williamson undergoes knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

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Zion Williamson Undergoes Knee Surgery, Recovery Outlook Revealed

Zion Williamson had surgery Monday to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, the New Orleans Pelicans announced.

The timetable for his full return to play is estimated at six to eight weeks.

The Pelicans open their 2019-20 campaign on Tuesday night when they visit the National Basketball Association champion Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena.

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Despite the loss of Williamson, Redick told reporters on Sunday afternoon it hasn't dampened the expectations of the season.

Zion Williamson underwent successful arthroscopic surgery today to address a torn right lateral meniscus.

The Pelicans ruled the star rookie out for Friday's preseason finale against the New York Knicks on Thursday night, citing knee soreness. After just eight minutes, the Pelicans shut Williamson down for the summer, although they said they were just being overly cautious.

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Williamson suffered a mild right knee sprain during his only season at Duke. He led the Pelicans in his most recent preseason game with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Zion had a ton of success in four preseason contests for the Pelicans averaging 23.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 71.4 percent shooting from the field.

The 6-foot-7, 284-pound Williamson missed time in summer league after he banged his left knee in a collision with another player. His dunks have mesmerized fans, and he opened his National Basketball Association career with two of them.

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Williamson was the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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