The young basketball sensation Lonzo Ball has been out of the game for more than a year now after sustaining a meniscus tear on his left knee. His estimated return date has passed, and yet there’s no timeline regarding his return.
Lonzo had surgery in January and was out of commission for six to eight weeks. Later, in April, the recovery took a turn for the worse as the player pushed his activity too far in order to make a quick comeback to the court.
His team, the Chicago Bulls, acquired him in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2021; however, he has only been able to play in 35 games since then, and even missed the Bulls’ playoff fights.
What is the new update on Lonzo Ball’s return from injury?
The Bulls’ head coach Billy Donovan has rendered his insight on the matter of Ball’s return. He stated that he was ‘nowhere near returning’ and hoped that the medical team would determine the further analysis of his potential return during the all-star game.
According to Billy Donovan, Lonzo Ball is "nowhere near returning." The team could sit down with medical at the All-Star Break and make a decision on his season.
— Joe Cowley (@JCowleyHoops) January 28, 2023
So, according to Billy’s statement, the 25-year-old will miss this season as we already predicted, and the question now is what the aftereffects of such a lengthy recovery period will be in next season.
In his first season with the Bulls, the NCAA season assist leader averaged 13 points per game, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. The potential he contained might not be delivered following the injury and thus, his worth to the franchise will come through in the questions.
The Bulls are the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference and have had a mixed season so far. It clearly appeared the point guard’s absence was taking its toll on the team. But the fans are hopeful for the playoffs, as anything could happen in the coming fixtures.
Do you think Lonzo Ball will return this season? Even if he doesn’t, how would the performance be after his return? Share your prediction in a comment below.