Los Angeles (AFP)

Zion Williamson, rookie New Orleans Pelicans rookie, is injured his right knee and will be away from the prosecution for several weeks, thus missing the start of the NBA season, US media reported Friday.

The new star of the North American basketball championship, number one of the last draft, will wait before making his debut in the League. Feeling pain in his right knee, he had to give up playing the last preseason game this Friday in New York.

A put to rest that will eventually last longer, according to ESPN.

"The diagnosis of a serious injury has been ruled out but it should be missing several weeks," reports the well-informed Adrian Wojnarowski, adding that "the injury is treated with extreme caution."

Additional exams over the next few days will help to find out more about Williamson's knee condition, according to ESPN and the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper.

The Pelicans will start the season with defending champion Toronto on Tuesday without their main draw, which was very impressive during the warm-up matches, scoring 23.3 points (71.4% shooting success), 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 average passes in four games.

Coach Alvin Gentry told the press on Friday that Williamson had hurt his knee on Oct. 13 in the San Antonio Spurs game, but did not elaborate on the nature of his injury.

Aged 19, Zion had already injured the same knee in February during his college season with Duke, after slipping on a support.

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