Chicago Bulls star guard Lonzo Ball is still trying to recover from a serious knee injury he is dealing with since January 2022 and it is unclear when he will be cleared to play again.
This will be the third knee surgery for Lonzo Ball, which will likely cost him the entire 2023/24 season and puts his NBA career in jeopardy.
“My main focus has been on returning to the court and getting to a place where I can rejoin my teammates. This has been a frustrating process, but I’m confident these next steps are the best path forward.
The support of my family, friends, fans and medical staff throughout my recovery is what keeps me moving forward. I can’t wait to get back to what I love doing most – playing basketball,” Lonzo Ball said in a statement.
Injury Update: Lonzo Ball will undergo a cartilage transplant in his left knee. He will remain out indefinitely.
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— Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) March 16, 2023
Ball has already undergone two surgeries on his knee since January 14, 2022, which is the last time he played a game for Chicago. He had surgeries in January and September and has been unable to participate in basketball-related activities.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, “there are concerns about Ball’s ability to resume his career and hopes that this surgery will give him a pathway to play again.”
Lonzo Ball, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2017, signed with Chicago prior to the 2021-22 season. He averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists over 35 games last season. The Bulls are fighting for a spot in the playoffs and are 12th in the East standings with a 31-37 record.
There are concerns about Ball’s ability to resume his career and hopes that this surgery — which could cost Ball another full season away — will give him a pathway to play again, sources said. ESPN reported last week that Ball was weighing procedure. https://t.co/vjTLR8MBHq
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 16, 2023