Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball has been riding quite the rollercoaster on the road to recovery. Following left knee surgery on Wednesday, the Bulls expect the fifth-year guard to be back on the court in a few months.
On Thursday, Shams Charania of Athletics and Stadium tweeted: “Sources believe Bulls guard Lonzo Ball’s left knee surgery on Wednesday has resolved the issue.” Ball is expected to miss at least a few months.
Can the Bulls stay competitive without Ball for the first quarter or two of the season? Some NBA betting sites are offering Chicago top-15 odds in 2023.
Sources: Bulls guard Lonzo Ball has the potential to return this season, as left knee surgeons believe they have resolved the issue Wednesday. Ball is expected to miss at least a few months.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 29, 2022
Charania also posted: “Both sides are expected to monitor his return to action over the next two weeks based on his response and Ball’s rehabilitation.”
Last August, as part of a sign-and-trade deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, Ball signed a four-year, $80 million contract before moving to the Bulls.
Bulls expect Lonzo Ball to make his 2022-23 season debut in a few months
On January 20, 2022, the Bulls addressed Ball’s meniscus tear. Then he underwent an operation on his left knee and it was decided that he would be back at the end of March.
However, after experiencing pain in physical therapy, he suffered a setback during rehabilitation. He was ruled out for the rest of the 2021-22 season in April.
In a career-low 35 games last season, Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He also shot 42.3% from the field and 3-point range.
Additionally, on October 22, 2021, the guard completed a triple-double performance in the Bulls’ 128-112 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 35 minutes.
In the year On November 15, in the Bulls’ 121–103 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball scored a season-high 27 points in 38 minutes of action. He finished 10 of 13 (76.9%) from the field and 7 of 10 (70%) from downtown.
Ball turns 25 this October. However, as mentioned earlier, knee injuries are career killers for basketball players. In July, athletic trainers speculated on social media that Ball’s meniscus tear had been misdiagnosed.
A few unknown sports doctors thought the guard’s injury had an effect on the ACL. Because of his long recovery process, it is possible. Regardless, Lonzo Ball needs a rest.
Per ESPN, the Bulls hope the guard will make his debut in December of the 2022-23 season.