New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson has tried to keep a low profile on social media while rehabbing his fractured right foot that sidelined him all 2021-22 season.
That changed Tuesday night.
Williamson posted a five-second clip to his Instagram Story showing him at the Pelicans facility tossing the ball off the backboard, catching the ball and going between his legs before finishing with a left-handed slam.
Williamson returned to the New Orleans area on March 5 after spending two months in Portland to continue his rehab.
Since coming back, he hasn’t been allowed by the team to do much work on the pitch. During the practice portions that were open to the media, Williamson only made a few light shots — no jumping — with his player development coaches.
The Pelicans have given no official update on Williamson’s status since March 5, when the team said he was showing improved signs of bone healing and will gradually progress to weight-bearing exercises. suits and basketball activities.
It was announced that Williamson suffered the fracture during media day in September, as the front office and Williamson himself were optimistic he could be ready for the start of the regular season.
Instead, Williamson suffered numerous setbacks throughout the season.
He was set to make his comeback in December and was due to undergo his first practice with the team on December 2, but instead the Pelicans held him and announced that he was resuming his progress towards a job at 5 against 5.
On December 11, the team announced that he was to be recalled for even more, and six days later he had an injection in his foot to help the healing process.
In January, he temporarily left the team to continue his rehab in Portland before returning earlier this month.
In three seasons, Williamson played just 85 career games, including 24 as a rookie when he missed the first 13 weeks of the season with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Williamson’s original schedule for this injury was 6-8 weeks.