Pelicans' Zion Williamson cleared to participate in 1-on-1 drills after posting monster dunk on Instagram

Williamson was captured on video playing one-on-one with player development coach Corey Brewer Wednesday at the ペリカン’ practice facility, による アスレチック. [object Window], he was seen beating Brewer to the basket and dunking over him with two hands.

We still have to be careful with how much he does. Just because he’s still going through the healing process,” 緑 記者団に語った. “だが, ええと, we’re happy that he’s getting betterI know it feels good for him to finally be able to get on the floor and do some of the things he’s doing.

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers during a NBA game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Philadelphia 76ers at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA on Apr 09, 2021.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers during a NBA game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Philadelphia 76ers at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA on Apr 09, 2021. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Williamson was cleared to participate one day after he posted an Instagram story of himself throwing down a monster dunk at the Pelicans facility. In that clip, he threw the ball off the backboard, caught it, brought the ball between his legs, and dunked with his left hand.

The drills are likely an encouraging sign for the Pelicans and their fans, as Williamson hasn’t been seen much after he suffered a fractured foot prior to the summer league last year. Williamson recently returned to the New Orleans area after spending time in Portland for his foot rehab, レポートによると.

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans stands next to the bench during the third quarter of an NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Smoothie King Center on March 15, 2022, ニューオーリンズで, ルイジアナ.

Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans stands next to the bench during the third quarter of an NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Smoothie King Center on March 15, 2022, ニューオーリンズで, ルイジアナ. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The Pelicans revealed the injury on the first day of training camp in September, saying they hoped he’d be ready to play by the regular-season opener on Oct. 20. Williamson initially agreed with that timeline, which has since proved overly optimistic by at least five months. He reportedly suffered numerous setbacks.

PELICANS: ZION WILLIAMSON’S FOOT IMPROVING, BUT NO TIMETABLE

今月上旬, the Pelicans said his recovery improved to the point where he was able to gradually resume basketball activities, しかしながら, the team gave no timetable for when he might play in a game.

As far as right now, the update is the update. Z is still out indefinitely,” Green said. “We’re still working towards being fully healthy, which he’s not. But he’s getting there, and we’ll update you guys at that pointif we get to that point.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks the ball during a NBA game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA on Mar 01, 2020.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks the ball during a NBA game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA on Mar 01, 2020. (Photo by Stephen Lew/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Williamson has played in just 85 games for the Pelicans since the team selected the former Duke Blue Devil first overall in the 2019 NBAドラフト. He has been extremely productive when healthy, averaging seven rebounds and 25.7 points per game during his NBA career.

ニューオーリンズ (30-42) is currently 10th in the Western Conference standings.

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