The former 2017 NBA second pick Lonzo Ball added another list for his long history of NBA injuries as he will undergo a surgery on his left knee.
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The Chicago Bulls guard will likely miss the start of 2022-2023 NBA season and will be evaluated for 4-6 weeks after his knee surgery this week. Last year, Lonzo Ball made an impressive debut in a Chicago Bulls jersey by displaying his prowess on defense and being a floor general – which is vital to Bulls offensive style. Ball does not need the ball in his hands to be effective, which is pretty strange for a point guard. Whenever he was on the floor, the system of Chicago always looked smooth.
With Ball, his great passing, suffocating defense, and his 6’6 size (which is quite tall for a guard position) he creates enough space and timing for the two superstars in Derozan and Lavine to have freedom in volume of shot attempts. During the first half of 2021-2022 season, Bulls was sitting the first seed of the east with Ball playing, but it shrinks when Ball suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus on his left knee which sidelined him for the rest of the season, the Bulls fell to sixth seed and lost the series to Milwaukee Buck in the first round.
Lonzo Ball’s history of injuries
According to a trusted sports news outlet, whenever Lonzo Ball is healthy, he is one of the unique players in the NBA and the best two-way guard for the Chicago Bulls. The backcourt duo of Caruso and Ball creates a positive huge impact for the team. These duo helped the Bulls to boost their defense without taking a toll on the offensive ends. The Chicago’s stars in Lavine and Derozan are not known as a top defender. It will take a huge burden for Alex Caruso and the other guard in Ayo Dosunmu to fill the defensive impact of Lonzo Ball. If he found success in this surgery, Ball would likely be back on the floor for the Chicago Bulls this November or December.
Throughout his five seasons in the NBA, Ball only played two seasons of over 55 games, and both when he was with New Orleans Pelicans. In his first year for the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists through 35 games. He suffered multiple injuries in his knee, four times for his left knee, twice for hip, and an injury on his left shoulder, thumb, and abductor. With this long list of his injuries, it takes a toll for the Chicago Bulls guard to have a consistent and prime full season.
The Chicago Bulls are also on the hot seat on how to fill the missing position of Lonzo Ball. It is also quite a coincidence that the team signed veteran guard Goran Dragic this offseason and would possibly fill the position of their primary guard temporarily. The uncertainty of Lonzo Ball’s recovery from the injury creates a tension on whether there will be a smooth return for the guard on the floor. His surgery last January did not go as well causing him to sideline the entire season.
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