Lonzo Ball will not return for the Chicago Bulls this season after failures in knee surgery recovery

Lonzo Ball will not return for the Chicago Bulls this season after failures in knee surgery recovery

The Chicago Bulls announced Wednesday that Lonzo Ball will not return this season after failing to recover from knee surgery.

Ball underwent surgery on January 28 for a torn meniscus in his left knee. Despite a recovery forecast of six to eight weeks initially, Ball was further sidelined due to a deep bone injury in the same knee prior to a meniscus tear.

Although the team’s medical staff said Ball made a full recovery from the surgery, he continues to experience pain and discomfort when attempting to run or bite at full speed.

Ball stopped running on March 21 in an attempt to give his body a 10-day break to fully recover. But coach Billy Donovan said the guard experienced discomfort again when he attempted sprinting drills on Tuesday, bringing another halt to his activities.

The hope of getting the ball back for the season’s late-season boost often bolstered the Bulls during skids after the All-Star break. Ball averaged 13 points, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals this season, but his biggest impact came from the intangibles – swarming opponents in perimeter defense and sparking the Bulls offense with a keen court sight.

“He brings a different kind of swagger to us,” further said DeMar DeRozan. “When he plays, I’m pretty sure you can figure it out. The whole dynamic of the game changes with Zoe. It’s definitely been hard for us not to have her.”

Injuries affected Ball’s NBA career. He sprained his MCL and missed games with a shoulder injury during his rookie season, then tore a ligament in his ankle in 2019. The 2020–21 season with the Los Angeles Lakers was Ball’s only year since he was drafted. ,

Ball – who has been signed until 2024 – will now refocus on his rehabilitation plan to prepare for the 2022-23 season.

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