Pelicans’ Jaxson Hayes on Zion Williamson: ‘Everyone’s trying to fry him’

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We all know how much Zion has been struggling through this injury. What have you two been telling him throughout this process? Jaxson Hayes: It’s crazy, because everyone’s been trying to fry him. I know he’s trying to ignore all that stuff and do what he has to do. When we’re sitting at the game, people are yelling stuff at him. I just tell him, “Bro, they’re just mad because they’re not in your shoes.” That’s all you can tell him. We all know how much he wants to play. He’s doing all he can to get back right. But there’s nothing we can do until he’s healthy. We just have to be there to support him.
Source: William Guillory @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
I spoke with Jaxson Hayes about his rocky 3rd season, playing in the G League and hearing his name in trade rumors.
“I love it here. This has been my home for three years. I’d much rather it happen here than anywhere else.”
Exclusive at @TheAthletic theathletic.com/3023956/2021/1…10:37 AM

Eliot Clough @EliotClough
Remember two seasons ago when the Pelicans started 6-22 then they got hot and Zion came back and they went on a tear and then almost (should’ve) made the playoffs? I’m getting similar vibes – 10:41 PM

Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
I hope we get a chance to see Graham play next to Zion. – 10:10 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 Pels reached out to Philly about Ben Simmons?
🏀 Pros and Cons of a Simmons deal
🏀 Zion Williamson has procedure
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzBFEv
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBES9YyFq pic.twitter.com/mnQdCkiPZy3:30 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Zion Williamson has skipped rehab, fallen asleep during film nba.nbcsports.com/2021/12/17/rep…2:19 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 Pels reached out to Philly about Ben Simmons?
🏀 Pros and Cons of a Simmons deal
🏀 Zion Williamson has procedure
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzTh35
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40 pic.twitter.com/FzjUK3MJbD12:59 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 Pels reached out to Philly about Ben Simmons?
🏀 Pros and Cons of a Simmons deal
🏀 Zion Williamson has procedure
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzBFEv
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBES9YyFq pic.twitter.com/sl9ZDWlYhz11:30 AM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked on Pelicans is live!
🏀 Pels reached out to Philly about Ben Simmons?
🏀 Pros and Cons of a Simmons deal
🏀 Zion Williamson has procedure
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzTh35
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40 pic.twitter.com/dsXwcLAffF9:01 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
We left at 1:45 PM to take our daughter to soccer. We got home at 7 PM. NBA news during that time:
-Zion out 4-6
-No Klay on Xmas
-LA signs IT
-LA protocols
-Okoro protocols
-Portis protocols
-Windy City out of Showcase
-Parker protocols
-Kings protocols
1 good story in there. – 8:40 PM

Jeff Stotts @InStreetClothes
Re: Zion: Biologic injections are commonly used, particularly when healing is slow. Types of biologics include platelet rich plasma (PRP), bone marrow aspirate, and viscosupplementation (Synvisc) injections. – 6:49 PM

Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @ForbesSports
Zion Williamson Out At Least 4-6 Weeks After Injection For Ailing Foot, Season In Jeopardy via @forbes forbes.com/sites/adamzago…6:30 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson “received a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot,” and he’ll be re-evaluated in 4-to-6 weeks. basketballnews.com/stories/zion-w…6:10 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion Williamson had an injection to promote healing in his right foot Wednesday. He will be limited to low-impact activities for an “extended period.”
“It’s just been frustrating for everyone,” Willie Green said.
nola.com/sports/pelican…3:48 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Zion Williamson has received and injection in his right foot to help the bone healing process.
Team says further updates will be given in 4-6 weeks after another round of scans / imaging.
espn.com/nba/story/_/id…3:31 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
The latest Zion update — that he won’t receive further imaging for 4-6 weeks — means he will miss more than half of the regular season at minimum.
4 weeks from now, Pels will have played 43 games.
6 weeks from now, they will have played 48 games. – 3:30 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson receives injection for foot injury, will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks theathletic.com/news/pelicans-…3:29 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Pelicans: Zion Williamson out at least another 4-6 weeks nba.nbcsports.com/2021/12/16/pel…3:20 PM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Pelicans: Zion Williamson to be re-evaulated in 4-6 weeks sportando.basketball/en/pelicans-zi…2:55 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
The latest Zion Williamson news (another 4-6 weeks after a foot injection) points to the big looming question:
Does he get a max contract extension this offseason? He’s eligible.
@CRobinsonNBC and I discussed exactly that yesterday on PBT EXTRA
nbcsports.com/video/after-an…2:24 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Pelicans announced that Zion Williamson will be evaluated in 4-6 more weeks after receiving am injection to stimulate bone healing in his right foot & plans to have further imaging. Pelicans add Zion will complete “low impact, partial weight-bearing activities.” – 2:13 PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Pelicans announce Zion Williamson will be out 4-6 weeks following a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot. – 2:10 PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
Pelicans say that Zion Williamson received a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot. – 2:09 PM

Bill Reiter @sportsreiter
The Pelicans announce Zion Williamson will miss 4-6 more weeks. Going on @CBSSportsHQ right now to discuss. Cbssports.com/live2:09 PM

Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt
Zion Williamson will be re-evaluated with further imaging in 4-6 weeks after receiving a “biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot,” per Pelicans. pic.twitter.com/gb1M1qfFjJ2:08 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Zion Williamson received an injection in his foot to promote healing and will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, the Pelicans announced. pic.twitter.com/xUqPd025RX2:05 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson received a “biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot”, the team announced. He’ll be re-evaluated in 4-to-6 weeks. – 2:02 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
The Pelicans just announced that Zion Williamson received a biologic injection into the fracture site to stimulate bone healing in his right foot. He’ll be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks. – 2:02 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Pelicans star Zion Williamson underwent injection in his injured right foot in order to promote healing and will be re-evaluated in 4-to-6 weeks. – 2:01 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion Williamson had an injection to promote healing in his right foot in Los Angeles this week and is likely to be sidelined 4-6 weeks, sources tell @NOLAnews. – 1:59 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Worth noting: No Zion on the bench for the Pelicans – 8:17 PM

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA
ICYMI: Lowe Post podcast: @Brian Windhorst on Cavs mania and the NBA’s coming COVID landscape, then @Andrew Lopez on Zion’s long-term outlook and the Pels season so far — plus what comes next:
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More on this storyline

Michael Scotto: Zion Williamson received an injection in his right foot. He will be limited to low impact, partial weight-bearing activities for an extended period and be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, Pelicans say. -via Twitter @MikeAScotto / December 16, 2021

NBA on ESPN: @Andrew Lopez says the Pelicans still believe Zion Williamson will return to play this season. “This is not a ‘shut him down for the season’ type of injury. … They still feel like he can play basketball this year.” -via Twitter / December 13, 2021

The New Orleans Pelicans may need an Excedrin with how many headaches they have been getting from Zion Williamson lately. Pelicans beat writer Jake Madison made troubling revelations this week about Williamson’s work ethic. He said in a tweet that Williamson has skipped workouts in his rehab. Madison also said that the former No. 1 overall pick fell asleep during a recent team film session. -via Larry Brown Sports / December 13, 2021