Zion Williamson will miss the first weeks of his NBA career

Zion Williamson’s biggest obstacle to becoming an NBA star seems to be durability.

ESPN.com reported on Friday that the Pelicans rookie would miss a period of weeks to start the regular season with a knee injury. The ailment is not considered serious, but the Pelicans are acting out of caution with the future of their franchise.

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters that Williamson is in good spirits.

“It’s not like he’s dead,” Gentry said.

The Pelicans announced Friday that the No. 1 pick would miss the preseason finale against the Knicks. Williamson didn’t make the trip to MSG.

The former Duke standout has offered a tantalizing glimpse into what his future could hold, averaging 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds in 27.3 minutes this preseason.

But injuries have crept up since he was taken first overall in June’s NBA draft. The 6-foot-6 forward missed all but nine minutes of the NBA Summer League in July with left knee soreness.

He had suffered a knee sprain in his one season at Duke.

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