Zion Williamson didn’t receive the Christmas present he wanted. If he had, Williamson would not remain sidelined because of his .

“If it was up to me,” Williamson told reporters Thursday, “I would’ve been out there two weeks ago.”

Instead, Williamson simply completed his first practice since suffering an injury that has sidelined him for the New Orleans Pelicans’ first 34 games. Williamson will also miss the Pelicans’ upcoming two-game trip against the Los Angeles Lakers (Friday) and Sacramento Kings (Saturday). But New Orleans seemed at least encouraged with how Williamson looked in his first practice.

“He’ll play when the time is right for him to do that. When that is, I’m not real sure of,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters. “But I

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