Zion Williamson cleared for full basketball activities

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  • New Orleans Pelicans
    New Orleans Pelicans
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  • Zion Williamson
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  • Samuell Williamson
    American basketball player

Shams Charania: Pelicans’ Zion Williamson (fractured foot) has been cleared for full basketball activities, team says.
Source: Twitter @ShamsCharania

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Zion Williamson has been cleared to participate in full team activities, Pelicans say. Today, Zion played 4-on-4 full court. His return date is still to be determined. pic.twitter.com/z9dLimtsSX6:07 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Pelicans star Zion Williamson (right foot) has been cleared to participate in full team activities, the club just announced. – 6:05 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
There’s been an email update about Zion Williamson’a health sent to reporters – 6:04 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion Williamson has been cleared by doctors to participate in full team activities, per the Pelicans.
He played in 4-on-4 full court scrimmage today and will continue working towards his eventual return. The date for that return is still TBD. – 6:02 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Pelicans’ Zion Williamson (fractured foot) has been cleared for full basketball activities, team says. – 6:01 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Zion Williamson has been cleared to practice, participate in all team activities, the Pelicans announce. – 6:01 PM

Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites
Louisville 41, Mississippi State 25 H | Samuell Williamson 13 points, Dre Davis 12. Cards’ defense was locked in. Bulldogs shot 25% and Lousville won the rebounding battle 27-20. – 10:38 PM

Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites
Defensive clinic from Williamson there. Goodness. – 10:21 PM

Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites
These aren’t easy shots for Williamson. He looks totally confident in everything he’s taking. – 10:10 PM

Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites
What a take from Samuell Williamson. Off to a great start. – 10:05 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Imagine how good the Saints could be when Zion comes back – 9:12 PM

More on this storyline

Andrew Lopez: Willie Green says the team is still waiting the specialist to review Zion Williamson’s latest scans. It’s still wait-and-see. Mentioned Williamson has been doing 3-on-3 work. Still waiting clearance to move to full team drills. -via Twitter @_Andrew_Lopez / November 24, 2021

The doctors Williamson has been working with had not cleared him to participate in contact drills until Tuesday. But the team has not handled this well from a public relations standpoint. It kept the injury and surgery quiet, sources said, out of respect to Williamson and his preference for privacy. Then instead of announcing a complete timetable, it did incremental updates that made it seem like he was having setbacks whether that was accurate or not. That strategy may have helped with the front office’s relationship with the franchise player, but it hurt the team’s credibility with its fan base. It has made it challenging to accept subsequent updates at face value. -via ESPN / November 19, 2021

The Pelicans had a strength and conditioning coach with Williamson in Los Angeles for summer workouts, sources said, so they were aware Williamson was hurt. Perhaps being vague about the timing of the injury — Griffin has said both “early in the summer” and “before summer league” — was to honor Williamson’s request for privacy. But that did invite speculation of whether the team was in the loop, which is naturally a sensitive topic. -via ESPN / November 19, 2021