Zion (knee) expected to debut on January 22

Pelicans announce expected return date for No. 1 pick Zion Williamson	
				Rick Osentoski  USA TODAY Sports

Pelicans announce expected return date for No. 1 pick Zion Williamson Rick Osentoski USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Pelicans anticipate that star rookie Zion Williamson will make his regular-season debut January 22 against the Spurs.

Griffin added that the rookie phenom won't be on a minutes restriction when he returns to the lineup, according to The Athletic's Will Guillory.

Williamson underwent arthroscopic surgery on a torn right lateral meniscus on October 21, and he was originally given a 6-to-8 week timetable for return.

Williamson told reporters earlier this month that he's been itching to play and that if it was up to him he would have been playing already. He was initially given a recovery timetable of six-to-eight weeks.

Zion Williamson's been compared to guys like Michael Jordan and LeBron James, as the No. 1 overall pick from the 2019 NBA Draft electrified college hoops during his lone season with the Duke Blue Devils.

The news comes from executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin who told the media that Williamson will suit up barring any setbacks in forthcoming team practices.

The Pelicans are now sitting in 14th place in the Western Conference with a record of 15-26, but they're just four games back of the eighth seed Memphis Grizzlies.

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