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Zion Williamson's stepdad expects the star forward to play to help the New Orleans Pelicans qualify for the play-in tourney

Lee Anderson was careful with his words but believes that Zion is ready to suit up for his team.
Zion Williamson's stepdad expects star forward to play to help the Pelicans qualify for the play-in tourney

Zion is yet to see any action on the basketball court this season

The New Orleans Pelicans have less than five games left to play this season. They currently sit at the ninth seed in the West. As such, they need to win as much as they can to secure that play-in spot. Given this situation, Zion Williamson — who has not played a single game this season — might suit up to give his team a lift, at least according to his stepdad.

Off the charts

According to Williamson's stepdad Lee Anderson, Zion would want to suit up given the reality the Pelicans are currently in at the end of the season. They have not qualified for the play-in tourney just yet. Anderson knows that this has created a tense yet exciting atmosphere in New Orleans. It would mean a lot for the fans to see their team make the playoffs.

"I expect him to play. If you were to ask Zion, I'm sure he would probably say the same thing. But with just a couple of games left, with the magnitude of what's going on in New Orleans and the opportunity to qualify for the play-in game and possibly get into a seven-game series, that would be off the charts in the city of New Orleans. That would be a plus in New Orleans. That would be a plus for Zion with the way things are right now," Anderson said, per The Jordy Culotta Show.

Choosing his words carefully, Anderson believes that Williamson will suit up and play for the Pelicans.

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"Do I expect him to play? Certainly I do. That's on me, though. That's purely me. I don't think there's anything else that would hinder him from doing that right now."

Zion's real status

The first overall draft pick made the headlines late last month after he posted a video of him easily slamming down an off-the-board between the legs slam. The following day, the team announced that he'd been cleared for one-on-one drills.

According to Anderson, his stepson is feeling well and healthy. However, it is not entirely up to him whether he'll play or not. From Anderson's observation, the Pelicans play it safe around their young star.

"He's feeling great," Anderson said. "Speaking for the Pelicans staff, and not saying any names, they mentioned to me that they are just one player away from being where we need to be at. That was enough for me to know that they are putting some stock in Zion getting healthy and being ready for the long haul," Anderson said.

These are reassuring words. From the looks of it, the Pelicans have a lot of plans for Williamson, and it does not involve trading him — contrary to rumors and analysts' suggestions. They know that they have a gem in Zion. And they are willing to wait it out until he is fully healthy. Whether or not he does suit up this season is a matter of wait-and-see. Basketball diehards should keep their eyes peeled because this is the NBA, and anything could happen. 

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