Zion Williamson Opens Up About His Rehab While Still Away From The Pelicans

Ernesto Cova

Not so long ago, people were debating whether Zion Williamson was going to carry LeBron James' torch as the most dominant player in the NBA.

Now, people talk about whether he'll be a bust, play this season, lose some weight, or go back to the court and prove why he was the first-overall pick.

Williamson is as physically gifted and talented as he is injury-prone, and concerns about his weight make people wonder if he'll be able to live up to the expectations.

Zion Continues His Rehab Away From The Team

The Duke product has yet to make an appearance this season and it doesn't seem like he's anywhere near close to a return.

In fact, he's not even with the team anymore, as he traveled to Oregon to continue his rehab from a foot injury:

"The Pelicans say Zion Williamson has been doing his rehab away from the team. He is still under supervision of the team," reported Andrew Lopez of ESPN. "Sources say the Pelicans arranged for transportation out of New Orleans for Williamson. Further updates on Zion's status are expected in the next few weeks."

Williamson Says It's Been A Difficult Process

Zion recently broke the silence over his injury and his rehab process, shutting down those rumors about him being careless and not interested in being back on the court:

“As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult process for me,” Williamson told the Pelicans. “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."

Zion Thanks The Pelicans For Their Support

The young star also took some time to thank the Pelicans organization for standing by him and supporting him through this time, even though he's barely been able to play since entering the league:

"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," Williamson concluded.

The Pelicans Are Slowly Getting Better

It's clear that the Pelicans won't rush him back and they could even shut him down for the season to make sure he's 100% healthy.

The team struggled to cope with his absence and Lonzo Ball's departure early in the season but they're slowly starting to turn things around and prove that they still have a promising, up-and-coming team.

Hopefully, Williamson will be back on the court sooner rather than later, as he's one of the flashiest players to watch when healthy, and he can lift their ceiling nearly right away.