Chicago: Lonzo Ball uncertain for the start of the season


Guillaume Issner, Media365, published on Saturday September 03, 2022 at 11:50 am

While his left knee is still a problem, Lonzo Ball could be ruled out for the start of the Chicago Bulls season.

Lonzo Ball has not stepped on the NBA courts since January 15 due to a left knee meniscus injury. Chicago is not at the end of its troubles since the period of unavailability of its leader could lengthen and push him to give up on the first deadlines of the regular season, whose debut will take place on October 20 in Miami for Billy Donovan’s troops. According ESPN, Ball is still experiencing « persistent pain and discomfort » more than six months after undergoing knee arthroscopy. A situation that led him to consult several specialists in the off-season to determine the causes of this discomfort. This discouraging outcome comes as the 24-year-old spent the summer in Los Angeles undergoing rehabilitation. Also according to the American source, he will not be back on his feet in time to participate in his franchise’s training camp at the end of the month, although his knee is « structurally sound ».

A delayed return for Ball

Lonzo Ball’s convalescence, initially estimated at an interval of six to eight weeks, drags on. Much to the chagrin of Bulls vice-president Arturas Karnisovas. “He is better, probably not at the speed we would like”, already regretted the Lithuanian in July. At the dawn of his sixth NBA season, the one passed by the Lakers and the Pelicans comes out of his leanest exercise at this level in terms of playing time. Ball played the first 35 games of last season before being injured , for an average of thirteen points per game. Since his forced rest, the Bulls have qualified with difficulty for the play-offs, by their sixth place in the Eastern Conference, and have not been able to compete with the Bucks (4-1) of Giannis Antetokounmpo in the 1st round.

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