A three-month recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery is finally behind Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans rookie and top overall draft choice. He is expected to make his highly anticipated NBA regular-season debut Wednesday night against San Antonio in New Orleans.
Tuesday, Williamson poked fun at himself for apparently dozing off while on the bench during a couple of recent games.
"If y'all saw me meditating on the sidelines, it's been very difficult," Williamson said with a grin. "But it's finally here. I finally get to go back out there."
The 6-6, 285-pound Williamson has been an internet sensation since video clips were posted of his imposing frame barreling downcourt for rim-rattling dunks as a high school player in Spartanburg, S.C., and then at Duke, where he averaged 22.6 points per game in his only college season.
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