Zion’s stepfather ‘expects him to play this season’

Lee Anderson, the stepfather of New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson, says he “expects to play” before the Pelicans season is over.

As the NBA season draws to a close, the chatter about Zion’s return has become less relevant than it was at the start of the season. The Pels, who once battled the Houston Rockets for last spot in the Western Conference, currently have an advantage over the San Antonio Spurs for 9th place, bringing their play-in hopes to life.

They made it without Zion ever setting foot on the pitch, but according to those in Zion’s camp, there’s still hope that Williamson could return to the hardwood should the Pelicans extend their season. Zion’s stepdad Lee Anderson spoke on The Jordy Culotta Show about how he “expects” Zion to play this season.

“Do I expect him to play? That is a difficult question. Of course I expect him to play. Of course I do. And if you were to ask Zion, he’d probably say the same thing with only a few games left.

But given the magnitude of what’s going on in the city of New Orleans and the possibility of qualifying for play-in play and potentially getting into a seven-game streak, the City of New Orleans would be out of the Charts.”

Anderson reiterated that he is not a medical professional and is not doing a medical exam, but he and Williamson both believe there is still hope of a return in early 2022.

Zion Williamson’s stepdad Lee Anderson is “expecting” a Pelican return this season

The month of March began with promising news for Pels fans awaiting Zion’s return. The Pelicans announced on March 5 that Williamson had returned from his rehab in Portland, Oregon and received clearance to return to basketball activities.

A few weeks later, on March 21, Charania broke the less happy news: while Zion went on his first multi-game road trip of the season, he was staying out “indefinitely.”

Anderson’s expectation may not depend as much on a regular season return as it does in the play-in tournament. The final days of the 2021-22 NBA season are April 9-10, while the play-in tournament is scheduled for April 12-15.

If dunks indicate healing and progression, Zion has shown he’s close to a potential return – but a full return means the Pelicans need to extend their playoff run for as long as possible. Zion’s stepfather ‘expects him to play this season’

John Verrall

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