Chicago Bulls Lonzo Ball expected to be out for start of the season

 | September 6, 2022

Pain and discomfort following meniscus surgery on his left knee are said to be the cause.

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The Chicago Bulls will likely be without starting point guard Lonzo Ball to begin the season. After having meniscus surgery on his left knee in January, Ball is still experiencing a lot of pain.

Sources told ESPN that Ball will arrive in Chicago next week to undergo evaluation by the team, but he is unlikely to participate in training camp at the end of this month.

Bulls Vice President Arturas Karnisovas said in July: “He's getting better, probably not at the speed that we would like but he’s getting better.”

The initial recovery time was expected to be from six to eight weeks. However, that time has long passed and Ball hasn’t fully recovered yet.

Ball was ruled out for the rest of the 2021-22 season at the beginning of April, limited to a career-low 35 games.

Before suffering this injury, Ball had been one of the sparks of the Bulls' fast start, averaging 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists.

Chicago had a record of 27-13 when Ball appeared in his last game on Jan. 14 before the Bulls closed the season with a 19-23 record.

This is the second time that Ball suffered a meniscus injury to his left knee. The last time was in 2018 while he played with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chicago hasn’t made many moves in the offseason either, so they desperately need him back in the lineup.

Not starting the season isn’t a big deal but the question remains as to how long he’ll be out.

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