LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson say they are ready for re-opening night.
Davis practiced Wednesday for the first time since getting poked in an eye during the Los Angeles Lakers’ scrimmage opener last week, and said the plan is for him to play when the Lakers face the Los Angeles Clippers in the first seeding game for both teams on Thursday.
And Williamson also said he wants to play, after completing a second consecutive day of practice with New Orleans. Williamson missed nearly two weeks of work inside the bubble at Walt Disney World because he left for a family emergency and then had to quarantine for four days upon his return.
New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said Williamson's availability will be a game-time decision.
“I want to hoop. That's just how I am. I'm never going to change," Williamson said. “I'm going to want to hoop. Simple as that."
The Pelicans face Utah in the first game on Thursday night, when the NBA returns to real action for the first time in 141 days. Gentry said the Pelicans will follow the advice of the team's medical staff before making a final decision on Williamson's availability.
Davis said he would meet once more with team doctors but indicated that he’s expecting to be in the lineup.
“Eye’s been getting better, way better than when I initially got hit. ... Moving in the right direction,” Davis said.