The Chicago Bulls have shut Lonzo Ball down for the remainder of the season, the franchise announced on Tuesday.
“Lonzo Ball will not return this season as he continues to experience performance limiting discomfort during participation in high level basketball-related activities.
The focus for Ball will continue to be on the resolution of his discomfort and a full return for the 2023-24 season,” Chicago president of basketball operations, Arturas Karnisovas, said.
Injury Update: Lonzo Ball will not return this season.
"The focus for Ball will continue to be on the resolution of his discomfort and a full return for the 2023-24 season."
Full Statement from Arturas Karnisovas:
— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) February 21, 2023
Lonzo Ball, who averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35 games last season with the Bulls, had surgery in late September, but things didn’t go as planned and he will now miss the season. He has been out since January of 2022.
Meanwhile, Chicago, which is 11th in the East standings and on a six-game losing skid (26-33), has bolstered its backcourt line with the addition of Patrick Beverley.