For New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, timing is everything when it comes to Zion Williamson’s eagerly anticipated career debut.

The highly touted No. 1 overall pick has been out since October after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus, delaying the start of his rookie campaign.

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Improbably, the Pelicans’ season is far from over despite their paltry 14-25 record.

In a top-heavy Western Conference, where the 17-22 Memphis Grizzlies currently occupy the eighth seed, New Orleans sits just three games behind a postseason berth  without the team’s future franchise star having played a single minute.

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