When Zion Williamson slashed into the lane early in the second quarter, four Chicago Bulls players converged.
Williamson passed the ball to a wide-open CJ McCollum, who coolly knocked down a 3-pointer from the left corner.
McCollum was one of nine players on the Pelicans’ roster who had never played with Williamson prior to Tuesday. In their first preseason game as teammates, New Orleans’ starting point guard and power forward appeared to be on the same page.
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“Me and him are going to click like that as the season goes,” Williamson said as he snapped his fingers together. “I’m excited to play with him.”
Williamson’s last game before he injured his right foot was on May 4, 2021. Williamson missed all of last season. Doctors did not deem him 100% healthy until May.
In the first week of Pelicans’ training camp, an in-shape Williamson carried himself like somebody who had something to prove. Pelicans coach Willie Green said Williamson “dominated” the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage.
Williamson looked explosive in his first game action in 17 months. He scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in 15 minutes.
“It was just kind of getting a feel for it again,” Williamson said. “Finding spots. Picking and choosing when I want to attack. Got a new team since the last time I played. Still learning some of the guys. Today, we…