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Zion Williamson has jaw dropping NBA potential but his health has been a concern of us previously at Basketball Rehab. This article will cover his injury history and the long term concerns it could involve.
Zion Williamson is a force when on the court. However he’s unfortunately been forced off of it far too much. With the physical specimen that Zion is, there’s always that fear that his forceful play might lead to further damage.
Here is his current injury history:
AAU/High School Injuries
He started dealing with issues during his time at AAU ball. In 2017, he suffered a fall during warm ups which forced him to miss more than a few months of action.
“It was during a warmup prior to the first week of the AAU season. We were in Arkansas and it was hot and the floor was slippery and he fell one time on it and I saw that knee hit that floor and the next morning he told me that knee was swollen,” said Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson. “We had the doctors look at it and they said it was a deep contusion so we just got him off of it. He went to Dallas and played in the very first game and he wasn’t 100 percent and I could tell, so we just shut him down.”
In 2018, Zion also missed the Nike Hoops Summit as well as the Jordan Brand Classic because of a hand ailment that prevented him from getting back on the court.
His Infamous Duke Blue Devil Injury
The shoe burst heard around the world.
During Duke’s rivalry match up against the North Carolina Tar Heels, Zion got the ball at the top of the key. He made a move to get into the paint, but his Nike shoe exploded which caused him to injure his knee.
Fortunately for everyone with Zion stock, he injury wasn’t as bad as it looked. The diagnosis was a Grade 1 knee sprain and he missed just three weeks of game action.
Williamson was eventually able to get back on the floor for their ACC tournament run as well as for March Madness.
Zion’s Painful NBA Beginnings
NBA Summer League offered no break from his injury woes.
Only a few minutes into his summer league debut, he bruised his knee which forced him to miss the remainder of summer league action.
Williamson’s Meniscus Problem
Zion’s ultra-hyped NBA debut had to be pushed because of the injury he suffered during a preseason game. Williamson believes that it was probably during his game against the Spurs on October 13th. This unfortunately forced him to miss the first the first four months of the regular season. But as we all know now, Zion has definitely been worth the wait.
Zion Knee Soreness
Zion missed time in January 2020 due to right knee soreness.
Zion's Toe Sprain
In May of 2020 Zion missed time with a sprained toe on the same foot as most of his knee injuries.
Zion has been on the injury report multiple times.
We talked about our previous injury concerns but it is worrisome that Zion Williamson is starting to rack up injuries like it's a badge of honor. Is it time to panic?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
Read the previous injury concern article below:
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