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Report: Zion Williamson disagrees with Pelicans’ assessment that he’s not healthy enough to play

Zion Williamson at San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Pelicans - Play-In Tournament

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - APRIL 13: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans stands near the bench during the third quarter of the 2022 NBA Play-In Tournament against the San Antonio Spurs at Smoothie King Center on April 13, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. New Orleans Pelicans won the game 113 - 103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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The Pelicans said Zion Williamson – who has missed the whole season with a foot injurywouldn’t play in their first-round series against the Suns.

Williamson keeps throwing down highlight dunks where everyone can see them – on Instagram, during pre-play-in-game warmups.

In case you didn’t get his message…

Andrew Lopez of ESPN:

According to multiple sources, there’s currently a difference of opinion between the Pelicans and Williamson on whether he is healthy enough to play. The team maintains that the bone in Williamson’s foot hasn’t healed enough for him to take the floor.

Remember, Williamson reportedly thought he was ready to return sooner than the team did his rookie year. As much as the Pelicans cater to his wishes, they’ve drawn the line here.

Without seeing Williamson’s medical info and having the expertise to evaluate it, it’s impossible to say which side is right.

But if Williamson wanted to play sooner, he could have rehabbed more diligently.

Or he can keep not trusting the Pelicans then eventually leave New Orleans.

Maybe this disconnect, like other issues, will be solved with Williamson getting healthy. The Pelicans’ long-term approach might pay off. Given their obvious incentives to get their franchise player on the court as quickly as possible, they deserve some benefit of the doubt.

But there’s clearly a divide to be bridged.