The Bulls will be without a langzo ball throughout their post season in 2022.
On Tuesday, April 5, several reports emerged that the ball had suffered another setback in his knee rehabilitation in an attempt to increase his conditioning to get everything back into action; The ball was last played on January 14.
What’s next for the Ball and the Bulls? Here is what we know about his injury.
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What is a lonzo ball injury?
After Ball suffered a knee injury on January 14, an MRI revealed a small meniscus tear in his left knee.
On January. 20, The team announced Ball said he would undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, giving him a return timetable of six to eight weeks.
After initially believing the eight-week recovery timeline, Ball head coach Billy Donovan shared that he was experiencing discomfort in his knee and faced persistent setbacks in his attempt to return to action on April 5, including his most recent setback.
Billy Donovan said Lonzo was experiencing ball discomfort after trying one more time on the ramp-up process.
– KC Johnson (KCJHoop) April 5, 2022
Ball has posted 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in over 35 games with the Bulls this season.
How Long Will the Lonzo Ball Be Out?
Following a preliminary report from NBC Sports Chicago insider KC Johnson, The Athletic’s Shams Charania are expected to close the ball for the rest of the season.
Sources: Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is expected to close next season. Ball was rehabilitated from meniscus surgery in late January, but continues to experience discomfort between several recovery procedures to return to action and rolled the bone to his knee.
– Shams Charania (haShamsCharania) April 5, 2022
The report comes as the Bulls have just four regular-season games left before the NBA playoffs begin on Saturday, April 16th.
Chicago, which is one victory away from escaping the play-in tournament, has a chance of finishing fifth or sixth in the East Standings.
Lonzo Ball Injury History
In the summer of 2018, Ball underwent arthroscopic surgery to his left knee to fix the same injury.
After undergoing surgery in July 2018, the ball knee was at “100 percent” for a period of two months. Although it was easy for him to fully participate in training camp in September 2018, the ball was played for 20 minutes early in the night, which dropped three months after the procedure.
The latest update from Chicago came just three months after Ball’s latest surgery reported on January 20, 2022.