We've finally gotten more clarity on Zion Williamson's mysterious knee issue, and it isn't great news. The rookie forward has had surgery on a torn right meniscus.
The Pelicans announced the update on Williamson moments ago. He will miss six-to-eight weeks, according to the team statement.
On Thursday, Williamson did not play in his team's preseason game against the New York Knicks with an undisclosed knee problem. One day later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that while Williamson's issue wasn't "severe," he would need to miss "a period of weeks" to begin the season.
Williamson looked explosive in preseason action before the injury, but this news is cause for concern. The uber-athletic rookie dealt with knee problems in his lone season at Duke and missed most of the NBA Summer League with a bruised left knee.
It is good that Williamson isn't dealing with something catastrophic, but we'd imagine the Pelicans will be very cautious about how they handle him moving forward. There is no need to rush the No. 1 overall pick back too soon.
Also, it will be fascinating to see if the team pushes for Williamson to cut weight. He's a freak athlete, but explosive movements can take a toll on a 285-pound frame.
Overall, this news stinks for the NBA as a whole. Having to wait to see a player of Williamson's caliber is a blow to the league and its fans.