The Chicago Bulls announced that their point guard Lonzo Ball is set to undergo surgery next week to address an issue in his left knee. This will be the second procedure for Ball this year on the same knee.
According to the Bulls, Ball will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks.
Ball initially had left knee surgery back in January to repair a torn meniscus. The 24-year-old was ruled out for eight weeks at the time but ended up missing the remainder of the season. Reportedly, Ball continued to feel discomfort, which persisted throughout the summer.
Before going down with the injury, Ball had a solid season that saw him average 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. He was also averaging a career-best 42.3 percent from the three-point line.
This isn’t the first time that Lonzo Ball has had issues with the same knee. After his rookie season, which he spent with the Los Angeles Lakers, Ball underwent left knee surgery, also for a torn meniscus. The rehab process went well that time, and he managed to return for training camp.
It is almost certain that Ball won’t be back on the floor for the start of the 2022-23 NBA season this time. Considering that he will only be re-evaluated in a month, he is scheduled to miss the season opener and more.