Simmons to have more tests on injured shoulder
Philadelphia: Australian NBA superstar Ben Simmons will undergo more tests on his injured right shoulder after X-rays came back negative.
Simmons suffered the problem in Thursday's (AEDT) 106-104 loss to Utah Jazz after The Athletic website had reported it was a minor sprain in the AC joint.
No rush: The Pelicans are taking their time with injured No.1 draft pick Zion Williamson.Credit:Getty Images
Meanwhile, the timetable for Zion Williamson’s NBA debut for New Orleans Pelicans remains the first half of December.
The 19-year-old rookie had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee on October 21, and he said he is focusing on his rehab and aiming to keep a positive attitude. The initial timetable was that Williamson would be sidelined six to eight weeks.
‘‘I do feel like I’m getting stronger day by day,’’ Williamson said on Thursday in his first session with reporters since the injury. ‘‘The trainers are telling me it’s getting stronger and I can feel the difference day by day.’’
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Williamson’s recovery is on schedule. He termed it ‘‘very ambitious’’ to think the No.1 overall pick could return this month.
Williamson remains unsure how he injured the knee. He remembers feeling soreness after a pre-season game against the San Antonio Spurs on October 13. Eight days later, he was undergoing surgery for the first time.
‘‘To me, I wasn’t as nervous,’’ Williamson said. ‘‘I was just like, let’s go in and get it done and let’s start the recovery process.’’
The Pelicans are 1-6 this season. Guard Jrue Holiday said he has advised Williamson to just let the situation play itself out.
‘‘Be patient,’’ Holiday said. ‘‘He’s 19. Be patient. I’ve been through some injuries myself. I know how frustrating that can be.’’
Williamson shot 71.4 per cent while averaging 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in the pre-season.
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