NBA: Zion done for summer league after knee injury

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Jul 07 2019 09:01 AM

Zion Williamson (Duke) looks on after being selected as the number one overall pick to the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson will miss the rest of the NBA summer league schedule after suffering a bruised left knee in his debut on Friday night.

Pelicans general manager David Griffin said the team is shutting down Williamson after he missed the second half of Friday's game. Williamson banged knees with an opposing player in the contest against the New York Knicks in Las Vegas.

"Zion will move forward from this incident without issue," Griffin said in a statement released Saturday. 

"However, in an abundance of caution, we have made the determination that he will not appear in game action for the remainder of the NBA summer league. He will continue to take part in training and conditioning with our performance team."

Williamson played in his first summer league on Friday night and scored 11 points in nine first-half minutes. The performance included multiple dunks.

The contest was suspended in the fourth quarter due to an earthquake that shook the Thomas & Mack Center. The quake hit near Ridgecrest, Calif., located approximately 150 miles west of Las Vegas.

The Pelicans play the second of their four summer league games on Saturday.

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