NBA Fans React to Zion Williamson's Surgery

The first overall pick will be out 6-to-8 weeks due to meniscus tear in his right knee.

Zion Williamson

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Zion Williamson

On Monday, word came that Zion Williamson would have his NBA debut delayed for six-to-eight weeks due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Breaking: Zion Williamson had arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, the Pelicans say.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 21, 2019

Given A. The amount of hype Williamson built up in his year at Duke, and B. That sports fans like to watch good players, this announcement was not exactly welcome news.

Wow. Torn meniscus for Zion. Out 6-8 weeks. I guess the Internet rumors were true.

— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) October 21, 2019

Zion out 6-8 weeks

— Mickstape (@MickstapeShow) October 21, 2019

TNT and ESPN when they have to air the Pelicans on national TV without Zion

— Eric🐝 💧 (@Cageep15) October 21, 2019

"I'm from Chicago. Derrick Rose's situation? No one could see that coming..."

My thoughts on the Zion Williamson injury

— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) October 21, 2019

Zion Williamson will be the 4th No. 1 overall pick to miss the season opener of his first season in the last 25 seasons (@EliasSports)

Over the last 10 years, only 3 No. 1 picks have missed 20+ games in their first season (Fultz, Simmons & A. Bennett)

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 21, 2019

Pelicans fans after finding out that Zion really is Greg Oden 2.0

— McG (@MatthewMcGovern) October 21, 2019

You mean Greg Oden?!

— Sami ON Tap (@SamiOnTap) October 21, 2019

The injury, in tandem with a sprain he suffered at Duke after his sneaker broke, and a dinged up left knee that cost him all but eight minutes of this year's Summer League, also brought about unfavorable comparisons to Greg Oden from Twitter pessimists. This led to a brief second where the 2007 first overall choice got listed in the trending section.

Not a good omen. Greg Oden 2.0? Sorry but....

— Paul Vieira (@paulvieira) October 21, 2019

A high flyer who plays above the rim can’t exist in the NBA at 285lbs. I love the kid and how he plays but it’s not sustainable. He’s the 2nd heaviest in the league and he might end up a bust (Greg Oden). I hope I’m wrong but at 18 with this many injuries it’s not looking good.

— Eddie Della Siepe (@EddieDellaSiepe) October 21, 2019

Seems like an overreaction.

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