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Zion Williamson’s exceptional debut provides Pelicans hope

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Zion Williamson’s sublime 17-point surge in a span of barely more than three minutes could very well become part of New Orleans‘ pro sports lore — even if the final score won’t.

For the Pelicans, a narrow loss to a well-coached, savvy San Antonio Spurs team carried far less weight than the burgeoning form of a young superstar in the making.

“The way he came out was very poised,” veteran Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said of Williamson. “The way he played … bringing energy, especially down the stretch, was something that I guess you don’t really see from somebody so young. But even on top of that, we are almost in February and he hadn’t played a game yet, so for him to be able to come out here and do that his first game is pretty elite.”

Extraordinary hype, fueled by social media, has followed the affable, 6-foot-6, 285-pound Williamson since his high school days in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It only increased during his one stellar season at Duke, making him the consensus No. 1 overall NBA draft pick well before the Pelicans won the draft lottery and the right to select him.

Pro basketball fans had to wait an extra three months to see how Williamson’s rare combination of size and skill would translate in an meaningful NBA game because of the cautious and comprehensive approach the Pelicans took to their prized rookie’s rehabilitation from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

But it took only one game for Williamson to do something extraordinary.

He made all four 3s he attempted in the fourth quarter Wednesday, stirring the Smoothie King Center crowd into a jubilant frenzy. In between, he laid in an alley-oop lob and put back an offensive rebound with a reverse layup.

“It was nice to experience those emotions,” Williamson said. “I was happy to be out there and be able to run out there again, but what was going through my mind was just, ‘Be calm.’”

Williamson’s final statistical line was 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds and three assists in 18:08 on the court.

“The way he plays, that’s something he can do every day,” Holiday said. “Adding Zion is a big part to what we want to do here and our success.”

Fans wanted to see more, but coach Alvin Gentry said he couldn’t heed their chants of “We want Zion!,” during the final five minutes of a 121-117 loss.

“The medical people said that was it,” Gentry said, alluding to precautionary restrictions placed on Williamson’s playing time in the early days of his return to action.

“Me, personally, I don’t want any restrictions,” Williamson said. “But I’m not a doctor or a trainer, so I’ve just got to listen to them.”

The Pelicans are back in action twice in four days, hosting Denver on Friday and Boston on Sunday. If Williamson’s 19-year-old body responds well to his early action, his playing time is expected to lengthen.

“What you saw there is a taste of once we really get settled in and he gets settled in, you can see that there’s a lot of things we can do with him,” Gentry said. “There’s a lot of potential there. It was good to see him do that, but you know I think there’s a really, really high ceiling that he can reach.”

Everything about Williamson’s debut exuded a big-event vibe. The game was sold out and hundreds of fans were waiting to pour into the arena when the gates opened about an hour before tip-off.

“The energy was there from warm-ups,” Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball said. “That is the most people I have seen coming out before the game even started.”

Tip-off was pushed back 90 minutes to accommodate national TV and Pelicans media relations staff said they’d issued about 165 credentials, more than five times the typical number for a mid-week game in January.

For a little more than three quarters, when Williamson had five points and four turnovers, it looked like his first game would disappoint the lively, capacity crowd that came to see him. Then, suddenly, Williamson had the place on its feet and in a state of near delirium.

Holiday noted that Williamson had been rocking arenas since high school, adding rhetorically, “As exciting as it was, is it really that much of a surprise?”

Perhaps not. But it was memorable.

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NBA brothers make history during game between New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers

History was made Saturday in a game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers.

While on the surface it appears to be a meaningless regular-season game, for three NBA brothers it was a historic mark for them and the league.

NFL BROTHERS TO ACCOMPLISH FEAT FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1927

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday and Pacers teammates Justin and Aaron Holiday became the first trio of brothers to appear on the court at the same time. All three players accomplished the feat in the third quarter. According to Yahoo Sports, it was the first time in their lives they all played together.

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, center, greet Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday, right, and forward Justin Holiday, his brothers, after an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. The Pelicans won 120-98. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The trio exchanged jerseys after the game.

“It was cool. I beat ‘em and I got their jerseys,” Jrue Holiday said. “Really just to have a moment together like that — I mean, all three of us have never been on the court together at the same time just because of age difference.”

Justin Holiday, 30, and Jrue, 29, are just 14 months apart in age. Aaron is 23.

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“Hopefully the next thing, we’ll have red, white and blue on and be playing on the same team,” Jrue Holiday said.

Jrue Holiday is in his 11th season in the NBA and his seventh with the Pelicans. Justin Holiday is with his seventh team in seven seasons and Aaron Holiday is in his second season in the league.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry complimented the family.

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New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, left, swaps jerseys with his brothers Indiana Pacers guard Aaron Holiday, center, and Pacers forward Justin Holiday, right, after an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. The Pelicans won 120-98. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“If you meet the mom and the dad, it really isn’t a surprise that their sons are where they are right now,” Gentry said. “I think they’ve done an outstanding job … It’s not so much the athletic things, it’s the kind of kids that they are, the kind of [people] that they are. They’ve done a great job in that department, and they have also created three really great athletes.”

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New Orleans won the game 120-98 to improve to 10-23 on the season. The Pacers fell to 21-12.

Aaron Holiday led the brothers with 25 points, while Jrue Holiday had 20 points. Justin Holiday failed to score but had one rebound in 27 minutes off the bench.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Zion Williamson speculation over meniscus injury ‘asinine,’ Pelicans general manager says

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New Orleans Pelicans general manager David Griffin shut down any talk that rookie Zion Williamson’s overall shape played a factor in his latest knee injury that will sideline him for several weeks.

Griffin has heard the rumors about Williamson’s 285-pound frame being the leading contributor to his meniscus tear, which he suffered during the preseason. Williamson’s weight was also a topic of conversation from when he entered the NBA Draft through the Summer League.

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“The notion that this happened because Zion is in poor condition is just asinine,” Griffin said, according to USA Today. “He wasn’t in poor condition when he went 12 of 13 last week against Utah. That’s not what it is. He’s just a very unique body type and certainly from a physics perspective.”

The 19-year-old was forced to be pulled from the Summer League after tweaking his knee and then left a preseason game against the Chicago Bulls early.

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“I’ve seen the narrative out there about him and this happened because he’s not in shape and he’s too big,” Griffin said. “That dude is a freak of nature. When he went through his physical, he ran on the treadmill longer than the cardio-stress test people have ever needed to put anybody through a test to get his heart rate up. That happened because he’s touched by the hand of God to do this. He’s in elite condition. He stays in elite condition.”

The No. 1 overall pick tore his right lateral meniscus and missed the final preseason game against the New York Knicks. He will be out for 6-8 weeks after having knee surgery, the team said this week.

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The Pelicans were set to start Williamson alongside Lonzo Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram and Derrick Favors. The team acquired Ball and Ingram in a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers that sent Anthony Davis west.

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Zion Williamson ruled out for rest of Summer League after suffering minor injury in Pelicans debut

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Zion Williamson’s summer is over almost as quickly as it began.

The prolific Duke product suffered a minor knee injury during the New Orleans Pelicans’ first Summer League game against the New York Knicks on Friday. The team announced Williamson will be benched for the remainder of the team’s games.

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“Zion will move forward from this incident without issue,” Pelicans executive vice president of operations David Griffin said. “However, in an abundance of caution, we have made the determination that he will not appear in game action for the remainder of the NBA Summer League.”

Williamson scored 11 points in nine minutes against the Knicks, including a few dunks. However, he took a knee-to-knee hit and was ruled out at halftime. The game was shortened due to tremors felt after an earthquake struck California.

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“He will continue to take part in training and conditioning with our performance team,” Griffin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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