Lonzo Ball underwent successful knee surgery on Wednesday and there is optimism he will not miss the entire 2022/23 season.
According to Shams Charania of The Atheltic, doctors believe they addressed the issue and the star guard will be able to return to the court during the season.
The Chicago Bulls will monitor his condition and response to surgery for the next couple of weeks and will then set a timetable for his return.
At the moment, the franchise expects Ball to miss at least a few months, but there is optimism he will return to full strength before the end of the season.
Both sides are expected to monitor the response over the next two weeks, and a return to play based upon Ball's rehab process.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 29, 2022
However, head coach Billy Donovan and the organization are preparing for the worst-case scenario that Lonzo Ball will miss the entire season.
“We’re going to do the surgery, we’re going to take it slow and just go based on how I’m feeling. If all goes well, hopefully it’s not too long and I’m back out there playing.
That (missing the season) is not in my mind right now, but that would be the worst-case scenario,” Lonzo Ball told reporters during Media Day on Monday.
Ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35 games last season with the Bulls.