In a devastating turn of events, the Chicago Bulls have announced that starting point guard Lonzo Ball will undergo another knee surgery. This development means he will be out indefinitely and reevaluated in 4-6 weeks. Ball initially had surgery back in January to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. This is a crucial turn of events for a Bulls team heading to the 2022-2023 season looking to make an even deeper playoff push.
This is a heartbreaking development for the young player who was drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017. He was then traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in 2019 and finally landed with the Bulls in 2021. In his five seasons in the NBA, Ball has shown glimpses of his potential but has been largely inconsistent. He averaged 13 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game last season with the Bulls. However, he wasn't able to play since January 14 due to a meniscus tear.
The Bulls initially announced a recovery timeline of 6-8 weeks, but his knee condition failed to progress to a level where he could return to basketball activities. Now, with another surgery on the horizon, it's unclear when Ball will be able to play again. This is a tough break for a player who was finally starting to find his rhythm with the Bulls.
Who will step up
All, though, is not lost for the Bulls, as they have a cadre of guards capable of filling the void left by Ball. Chicago signed veteran Goran Dragic in the offseason, and he will likely see an increase in minutes. Third-year guard Coby White will also be asked to shoulder more of the load. The Bulls also have sophomore Ayo Dosunmo, who can play point guard and shooting guard.
Most of all, the Bulls will have to lean more on the playmaking of their two All-Star wingmen, Demar DeRozan and Zach LaVine. They will need to be at their best if the Bulls want to improve on their 46-36 record from last year. This is undoubtedly a tough blow for the Bulls, but they have the personnel to weather the storm.