Zion Williamson’s knee injury is a blow to the New Orleans Pelicans and the NBA.

The anticipated centerpiece of the NBA’s tip-off showcase against the champion Toronto Raptors, Williamson will have to wait at least several weeks to make his NBA debut.

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The nature of the injury, a mysterious meniscus tear that nobody can pinpoint when exactly it happened, has fed the widely held belief that Williamson’s game isn’t built to last on his 6-7, 285-pound frame and that his body is breaking down before his first NBA game.

Pelicans general manager David Griffin has heard the speculation, of course. He launched a fiery retort Tuesday in response.

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