Chicago Bulls guard Lonzo Ball underwent a successful debridement procedure on his oft-injured knee on Wednesday. Now, the team takes a wait-and-see approach as their starting guard tries to get back on his feet and the floor.
Only out a few months?
There was a growing fear within the Bulls organization that Ball would miss the entire 2022-2023 campaign. In fact, Bulls head coach Billy Donovan seems to believe his two-way menace would be sidelined for that long and is preparing his team for that prospect. However, according to sources privy to information regarding the surgery, hope lies on the horizon.
This certainly is good news for the Bulls as they make their way towards playing several preseason games. Ball had not played basketball since January 14, when he was diagnosed with a torn meniscus on the same knee he's had trouble with throughout his professional career. The team is hopeful that this surgery will be the last procedure he'll need on his knee and that he will be able to return to the court healthy and ready to compete at a high level. For now, the team will pay close attention to how Ball's body responds and will go from there.
In Ball's absence, the Bulls must figure out how to shore up their play on both ends of the floor and ultimately learn how to win without him. With Lonzo facilitating the offense and locking up the opposing team's best perimeter players, the Bulls had a 22-13 record. But with Ball on the sidelines, Chicago was just a slightly-above-average 24-23.
Without Ball, basketball pundits do not believe the Bulls are amongst the league's elite. Former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins even believes they're only a play-in tournament team.
Only time will tell if Ball can make a full recovery and get back on the court, but the Bulls are hopeful that their young guard will only miss a couple of months. Stay tuned for updates on Ball's recovery as we get them.