Tim BontempsESPN4 minute read
PHILADELPHIA — Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball underwent cartilage transplant surgery on his left knee Monday morning, and surgery coach Billy Donovan said Ball will resume his NBA career at some point in the future. He said he would give him the best chance of
“I know he works hard [on his rehab]Donovan said before Monday night’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.[The doctors] I felt that the surgery went well.
“Based on information Lonzo has gathered from various medical groups, [was] He made a decision he felt was the best chance he could get back on the court. I know I’m going to try my best to get back on the court.”
It’s a similar message to Ball himself in a release the Bulls announced last week, announcing that he’ll be undergoing his third surgery on his left knee in just over a year.
“My main focus was getting back on the court and getting to a place where I could rejoin my teammates,” Ball said. “This has been a frustrating process, but I am confident that the next steps are the best way forward. The support of my recovering family, friends, fans and medical staff will keep me moving forward. I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love most: basketball.”
Ball has not appeared in a match since 14 January 2022. He initially underwent surgery some time later to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Chicago then said he would be back in six to eight weeks. After missing the rest of the season and continued pain and discomfort in his knee over the summer, Ball underwent a second surgery in September.
“There’s a point where you do warm-ups and things like that, and I had certain days, and that was fine,” Ball told reporters at the time. We are no longer able to do that.Unfortunately, this is what we have to deal with and we feel that surgery is the best option.”
However, he failed to make enough progress to facilitate a return this season, and last month Ball was ruled out for the remainder of the season.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that Ball’s latest surgery could cost him the most, if not all, of the 2023-24 season. All Donovan says is that he was told the ball was out “indefinitely” with no timeline for a return after that.
“He’s certainly got a long way to go in his recovery,” Donovan said. will exhaust all opportunities for it.”
The 25-year-old Ball fit seamlessly alongside star wingers Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan in Chicago during the first half of last season. His improved 3-point shooter.
Last season, Chicago went 27-13 with Ball leaving the lineup in mid-January and went 19-23 before losing five to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
The Bulls entered Monday’s game against the winning streak 76ers, the league-leading eight-game winning streak. The Bulls are 33-37, placing him 10th on the Eastern Conference standings. It was the last play-in spot, with him 1.5 games ahead of the Washington Wizards and Indiana Pacers.