"Bigger, better" Zion to make NBA debut January 22nd

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METAIRIE, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 30: Zion Williamson #1 of the New Orleans Pelicans poses for a photo during Media Day at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center on September 30, 2019 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The long awaited rookie debut of Zion Williamson will happen January 22nd at the Smoothie King Center against the San Antonio Spurs.

Williamson had surgery in October to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Pelicans general manager David Griffin made the announcement to the media Wednesday after practice. He said Zion is “better” than he was when he was injured in October.

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Griffin said Williamson, because of the work put in after surgery, is more flexible in his ankles and hips.

Griffin said Williamson will play "in bursts." He will not be on a minutes restriction.

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The Pelicans host Utah Thursday night, and the Clippers Saturday afternoon.

The Saturday 2:00 pm tip off will be televised live on ABC.

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