No. 1 NBA draft pick Zion Williamson will miss the start of the NBA season with a knee injury, but it could be a blessing in disguise for the Pelicans

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  • Zion Williamson — the Duke sensation whom the New Orleans Pelicans selected first overall in the 2019 NBA Draft — will miss a “period of weeks” to start his NBA career with a right knee injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
  • Though the news has undoubtedly unnerved Pelicans fans who have already tabbed Williamson with reinvigorating and bringing glory to their waning franchise, the 19-year-old’s delayed debut may be a blessing in disguise for New Orleans.
  • Many of Williamson’s new teammates are not accustomed to the spotlight that comes with playing with someone widely considered to be the most highly-anticipated rookie since LeBron James.
  • With their young star sidelined, the Pelicans will have a chance to get acquainted in their own right without the pressure of playing the literal first game of the NBA season with the buzziest new star drawing added attention to the team.
  • To be sure, New Orleans is a far superior team with Williamson on the court than they are with him sidelined, but if his injury is truly minor, it may just be the best thing the Pelicans could have hoped for.
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Zion Williamson — the high-flying Duke dunker whom the New Orleans Pelicans selected with the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — has already stunned even his most adamant doubters with his incredible efficiency throughout his NBA preseason showings.

On Friday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the 6-foot-6 power forward will miss a “period of weeks” to start his NBA career thanks to a right knee injury he sustained during those preseason games. Even though Wojnarowski noted that the injury is not severe, the news has undoubtedly unnerved Pelicans fans who have already tabbed Williamson with reinvigorating and bringing glory to their waning franchise.

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Zion Williamson has been inundated with media attention since well before he arrived in the NBA.
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But the 19-year-old’s delayed NBA debut may just be a blessing in disguise for basketball in the Big Easy.

Williamson is the most highly-anticipated NBA rookie since LeBron James first stepped on an NBA court for the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2003. But along with those soaring expectations comes an inordinate am