Bulls’ Lonzo Ball Might Need a 3rd Knee Procedure

Lonzo Ball with UCLA in 2017
Lonzo Ball with UCLA in 2017. Photo by Peter Joneleit/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8451262c)

Last month, the Chicago Bulls announced that their point guard Lonzo Ball would miss the remainder of the 2022-23 campaign while recovering from a knee injury. At the time, the Bulls were optimistic that they will have Ball for the start of the next season, but recent reports indicate this might not be the case.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, there is a possibility that Ball will need another surgery on his right knee, which would add at least six more months to his recovery process. The 25-year-old player already had two knee procedures to repair a meniscus tear and hasn’t played since January 2022.

Wojnarowski adds that the Bulls and Ball’s agency, Klutch Sports, are working together to find out the best solution for the player. The plan is to consult with multiple specialists before making a decision.

Ball had his first procedure shortly after suffering the injury and was expected to return in six to eight weeks. But the player suffered multiple setbacks since then and had to have another surgery in September. Ball reportedly continued to experience pain while performing basketball activities even after the recovery period passed, which resulted in Chicago shutting him down for the season in February.    

Lonzo Ball joined the Bulls ahead of the 2021-22 season in a sign-and-trade deal with the New Orleans Pelicans. He managed to play only 35 games with the franchise, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game.

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