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Pelicans Shoot Down Speculation About Zion Williamson's Injury

Zion Williamson makes his NBA debut.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 05: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans walks on the court during a game against the New York Knicks during the 2019 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 5, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans announced that rookie forward Zion Williamson had surgery to address a torn meniscus in his right knee. He is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.

The news is obviously a huge blow for Williamson and the franchise, not to mention the league in general. It is also the latest instance of knee problems for Williamson, who has a troubling history.

In the aftermath of the announcement, many questioned if Williamson's weight should be a cause for concern. The No. 1 overall pick packs around 280-285 pounds on his 6-foot-6 frame, and that size combined with his superhuman explosiveness surely puts a lot of strain on joints and muscles.

However, Pelicans GM David Griffin told the media today it is "asinine" to think Williamson's knee issues are related to his weight.

Now, we're not doubting Griffin that Williamson is in good condition. Saying his weight could be a concern doesn't automatically equate to him being out of shape.

But it is probably worth looking into if shedding some excess bulk could help reduce the strain on Williamson's body. We'd expect the Pelicans to do that.

In the meantime, the team will open up the 2019-20 season without Williamson tonight against Toronto.