CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago Bulls point guard Lonzo Ball will miss the rest of the season with another push after recovering from surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee.
January 14 was the final game of the ball, and two weeks later he underwent surgery.
The Bulls hoped he would resolve the recent 10-day shutdown issue at the activity after feeling uncomfortable and allow him to return this season. But when he tries to ramp them up he feels pain again.
Bulls coach Billy Donovan said on Wednesday, “I think the biggest thing everyone is trying to do right now is how we can make him feel better, from a health standpoint, where he can actually start ramping up and do some things.”
The Bulls acquired the ball from New Orleans in a sign-and-trade deal after agreeing to a four-year, $ 85 million deal. He played a key role in the recovery of Chicago while he was healthy.
The ball averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals in 35 games. In addition to giving the Bulls an unwavering hand against crime, he helped strengthen their defenses against the Bulls.
Chicago, which has led the Eastern Conference for some part of the season, finished sixth with a 45-34 record in Wednesday’s game against the Boston Celtics. The Bulls have finished a string of four consecutive losing seasons and have made the play-offs for the first time since 2017.