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Top overall pick Williams to miss rest of summer league

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By Agence France-Presse

The New Orleans Pelicans top prospect Zion Williamson suffered a bruised left knee in an exhibition game on Friday and will sit out the remainder of the NBA’s summer league schedule.

Williamson, the top overall pick in the 2019 entry draft, left his summer league debut contest in the first half and did not return after colliding with a player from the New York Knicks.

“Zion will move forward from this incident without issue,” Pelicans vice president David Griffin said on Saturday.

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

Williamson scored 11 points in nine minutes, including some monster dunks.

The game was suspended in the fourth quarter after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, California, about 230 kilometres (145 miles) southwest of Las Vegas.

The summer league games resumed Saturday after the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion were checked for issues and ruled safe by structural engineers, the NBA announced Saturday.