The door is closing on Zion Williamson playing this season. However, it's still slightly ajar.
The New Orleans Pelicans have just four regular-season games remaining. Luckily, their season should extend beyond that.
The Pelicans are 34-44 on the season which places them ninth in the Western Conference Standings. Barring a collapse over these last few games, they'll be in the play-in tournament. Could Zion return by then?
Lee Anderson, Zion's stepdad, said on "The Jordy Culotta Show" on Tuesday that he expects Zion to play before the season ends.
"I expect him to play. If you were to ask Zion, I'm sure he would probably say the same thing," Anderson said, via ESPN.com. "But with just a couple of games left, with the magnitude of what's going on in New Orleans and the opportunity to qualify for the play-in game and possibly get into a seven-game series, that would be off the charts in the city of New Orleans. That would be a plus in New Orleans. That would be a plus for Zion with the way things are right now.
"Do I expect him to play? Certainly I do. That's on me, though. That's purely me. I don't think there's anything else that would hinder him from doing that right now."
Could you imagine if Zion Williamson returned before the season ended? It'd be absolute mayhem.
The Pelicans are already a dangerous play-in team. Add Zion to the mix and they'd be a tough out in the first round if they got there.
Zion will be in no rush to return to the court if he's not 100 percent, though. He has to be thinking longterm in his recovery.