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NBA World Reacts To The Troubling Zion Williamson News

Pelicans star Zion Williamson in warmups.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 11: New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson looks on from the sidelines during a college football game between the Stanford Cardinal and the USC Trojans on September 11, 2021, at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

It looks like Zion Williamson won't be playing for the rest of the season.

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Williamson continues to recover from foot surgery, but he's not progressing towards a point where he can return.

Williamson hasn't played at all this season since undergoing that surgery. It's had a massive effect on the Pelicans' season as they're 30-41 without him in the lineup. Sure, they're in ninth place in the Western Conference, but that's mainly because the conference isn't very good this season. Injuries have plagued Williamson's career as he has yet to play a full season. He played in only 24 games for the 2019 season and in 60 games last year. When healthy though, Williamson is a premier player as he's averaged over 20 points per game the last two years. The NBA world isn't surprised by this news.

The Pelicans have won two in a row and five of their last 10 games. They'll try to make it three in a row when they play the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 7 p.m. ET.