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Phrasing In Pelicans Zion Statement Has Many Wondering If Doctors Removed His Meniscus

zion williamson reacts to duke's final game

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 31: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after his teams 68-67 loss to the Michigan State Spartans in the East Regional game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Capital One Arena on March 31, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

NBA fans were collectively stunned today to hear the announcement from the New Orleans Pelicans that Zion Williamson had surgery to address a torn right lateral meniscus.

But the way the Pelicans phrased the statement has led some to speculate on just what Williamson had done to his knee.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today took note of the exact phrasing and brought up an interesting point. The fact that the Pelicans said that the surgery would be to "address" the meniscus as opposed to "repair" it could be telling.

By not explicitly stating that the surgery is to repair the meniscus, it could mean that the meniscus is being removed altogether.

Getting his meniscus removed might have a shorter recovery period, but open him up to other problems.

Dwyane Wade underwent a meniscus removal when he was at Marquette in 2002. He would reveal in 2013 that the surgery may have caused him countless other knee issues.

But of course this is all speculation. It's possible that the Pelicans were being a tad vague completely unintentionally.

Nevertheless, one can't help but wonder if having an injury like this so early in his young career won't bode well for his NBA career.

Dwyane Wade had a Hall of Fame career, but injuries cost him hundreds of games in his 17-year career.

Hopefully Zion's career will be similar to Wade's but with far less time on the shelf.