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Zion Williamson's Stepdad Speaks Out: NBA World Reacts

Former Duke star Zion Williamson warms up during an NBA game.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 18: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up before a game against the LA Clippers at the Smoothie King Center on January 18, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

New Orleans Pelicans fans have been waiting forever for Zion Williamson to return. According to his stepfather, he could be back soon.

Lee Anderson, Williamson's stepdad, appeared on "The Jordy Culotta Show" on Tuesday and raised some eyebrows when he said he "expects" the explosive forward will suit up before the end of the season.

"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. "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."

Williamson has not played this year due to a fractured foot. He did recently accompany the Pelicans on a team road trip, but if he is planning on coming back, there's only four regular season games left, plus the play-in tournament.

Judging by the reaction to his stepfather's comments, there are some people who are skeptical Williamson will actually see action this season, while others are intrigued by the possibility of him returning in time for the postseason.

After being limited to only 24 games as a rookie due to a knee issue, Zion played in 61 games in 2020-21, averaging 27.0 points and 7.2 rebounds and making the All-Star Game.

We'll believe he's going to play this season when we actually see it, but we can't deny that Williamson taking the court in the play-in round would be a juicy story to follow.