Lonzo Ball questionable for season start

2022-09-03 06:14

The Chicago Bulls' starting point guard Lonzo Ball is going to miss the training camp and is unlikely to start the season in time.

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The Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball is expected to miss training camp and is doubtful for the start of the regular season because of lingering pain and discomfort following meniscus surgery on his left knee in January, according to Jamal Collier and Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.

It was reported that after surgery on January 28, Ball's knee was structurally sound, however, the player continued to experience pain while attempting basketball activities and spent the summer rehabbing in Los Angeles.

The Bulls will begin training camp at the end of September, but Ball is very unlikely to be healthy by then.

"He's getting better, probably not at the speed that we would like, but he's getting better," Bulls vice president Arturas Karnisovas said in July during a broadcast for one of the summer league games.

Ball suffered the injury in January and missed the rest of the season, which limited him to a career-low 35 games. 

Prior to the injury, Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game helping the Bulls to a strong first half of the season, which they started with a 27-13 record.

Eventually, the Bulls dropped in the standings and had to face the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs' first round, where they lost in 5 games (4-1).



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