Lonzo Ball to undergo knee procedure

The Chicago Bulls guard will undergo a procedure on his left knee.

The return to the court for Lonzo Ball will be delayed just a bit more. Ball will undergo a procedure on his left knee in Los Angeles and will be reevaluated in 4-6 weeks.

A torn meniscus brought a premature end to Ball’s first season in Chicago. Initially expected to return, multiple setbacks kept the former second overall pick returning for the remainder of the season. It was a productive first season with the Bulls for Ball, averaging 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists on equal 42.3% shooting from both the field and three-point range. Without Ball Chicago floundered and saw their season come a much earlier end than initially expected.

Lonzo Ball and injuries have not exactly been strangers in his young NBA career. Ball is yet to play an entire season, with a season-high of 63 games played in 2019-20. Ball has shown the ability to be an impact player, however his durability is concerning. At just 24 years old and with the injuries piling up it is more than fair to wonder if Ball will ever be able to be a consistent presence in a starting lineup. There have been many players before him who have found themselves in similar situations and unable to live up to their once lofty expectations. Time will tell when it comes to Ball, but history is not on his side.

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