The New Orleans Pelicans anticipate that rookie Zion Williamson will make his regular-season debut Jan. 22 against the San Antonio Spurs. Williamson, the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft, has missed the entire season due to knee surgery back in October. David Griffin, the Pelicans’ executive vice president of basketball operations, told reporters Wednesday that the team wants Williamson to participate in two more practices before playing in a game.

Williamson, 19, is slated to join the Pelicans in practices Friday and Sunday, one day before New Orleans travels for a game Monday at Memphis.

Griffin: Pelicans project Zion Williamson debut for Jan. 22


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