Report: Positive update on Lonzo Ball after surgery

CHICAGO — What happened Wednesday is quite possibly one of the more influential moments of the early part of the Bulls season.

It’s Lonzo Ball’s left knee surgery that took place in Los Angeles as doctors hope to finally ease the pain that has plagued the point guard for most of the past year.

According to a report on Thursday, the operation appears to have yielded some positive developments.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, there is “confidence” that Ball will be able to return at some point during the 2022-2023 season, with his absence likely to last a few months.

Charania also reports that the doctors performing the surgery believe they have “solved” the pain problem.

This surgery is the latest in an effort to get the left knee healthy, which began with a procedure to repair a torn meniscus in January. Ball was never able to get rid of the pain in the knee after the surgery and would not return to the floor for the rest of the season.

Pain continued in the knee throughout the summer and never improved despite a series of rehabilitation exercises. Just before training camp, it was announced that Ball would have another surgery.

“Literally, I like, really don’t run. I can’t run or jump,” Ball said in a Zoom news conference with reporters Tuesday. “There’s like a range from 30 to 60 degrees when my knee is bent that I have no power and I can’t catch myself.

“Until I can do those things, I can’t play.”

It’s both a sigh of relief and a blow to the Bulls, as Ball won’t miss the entire year, but won’t be able to be on the floor with the team for a while. One of the stated goals of management was to get their core to play together as a unit so they can grow together and increase their production on the floor.

Injuries, particularly to Ball, derailed that hope in the 2021-2022 season, where the Bulls won 45 games and reached the playoffs, but were not as effective against stronger competition.

In 35 games last season, the guard averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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