New Orleans Pelicans: Trying to find positives in Zion WIlliamson’s injury

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The New Orleans Pelicans will start the regular season without the services of Zion Williamson and there is no timeline for his return.

This news has put a massive damper on the Pels’ season, as fans are already starting to wonder if the Pelicans are ever going to catch a break.

The injury has also raised some questions about Zion Williamson’s offseason approach and whether the team needs to be more hands-on with his training.

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Unfortunately, the October schedule is not going to wait for the Pelicans, as they will play a flurry of games to start the season, which could put them in a big hole without their star.

There hasn’t been much positivity around the team online, which is not the way any fanbase wants to start a season.

Let’s face it, there aren’t really any positives to Zion Williamson being out, but I am going to put on my most optimistic hat and try to look at the bright side anyway.

New Orleans Pelicans: Pels can build confidence with Zion Williamson out

The young Pelicans are going to have to step up with Zion out and learn how to play without their  best player and offensive weapon.

The offense revolved around Zion last season, so without him, there are going to be more shots to go around, which will give the young guys a chance to get into a rhythm early and build some confidence.

Injuries to a star player can rally the troops, so I am hoping that Zion’s teammates use their expanded opportunities to find their role in the offense without Zion and start to build confidence for his return.

If the New Orleans Pelicans can just stay afloat for a few weeks with Zion out, then they will be a more confident team when he returns and can really start to take off from there.

The pessimist in me thinks they will start this season in a big hole, but the optimist says that if they don’t, it will be a huge confidence boost to a young team.